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Veteran Journalist Kimberly Harrington Joins Livingstone College Staff

Kimberly Harrington

Salisbury, NC – Kimberly Harrington, of Lilesville, NC, has joined the staff at Livingstone College as assistant director of public relations.

Harrington is an award-winning journalist with 23 years of experience in journalism and six years in public relations and marketing. She has served as staff writer and editor for numerous community newspapers in North and South Carolina.

“I consider this a full-circle moment,” Harrington said. “Livingstone was my first introduction to a historically black college as my sister attended there when I was in junior high school. It is where I became enamored with the idea of college life.”

A graduate of Winston-Salem State University, Harrington’s career started at her hometown newspaper, The Anson Record, in Wadesboro. She has served as news editor of The Richmond County Daily Journal in Rockingham; city editor of The Enquirer-Journal in Monroe; and most recently as editor of The Pageland Progressive Journal in Pageland, S.C.

She was a columnist for The Charlotte Post while working as director of marketing and public relations for Sandhills Regional Medical Center in Hamlet.

Harrington has won awards for her writing, design and photography from press associations in both Carolinas including a 2016 first-place award for breaking news.

A community volunteer in her spare time, Harrington serves on the HOLLA! (Helping Our Loved ones Learn and Achieve) Board of Directors in Wadesboro, and is gala chairman for the Richmond County Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Foundation in Rockingham. She is a former member of the Richmond County United Way Board of Directors and former Richmond County Chamber of Commerce Ambassador.

Dr. State Alexander, Executive Assistant to the President and Director of Public Relations at Livingstone College, said Harrington’s wealth of experience, skillful writing and infectious energy have already made her a key addition to the college in advancing our mission of being a holistic learning environment.

“She comes already familiar with the school’s history being of the A.M.E. Zion denomination and having been exposed to the campus previously,” he said. “We are fortunate to find someone of this caliber with a familiarity of the school to fulfill this role.”

“I am excited to start a new challenge and work alongside a team to further develop efforts that will take Livingstone College to a new level of excellence,” Harrington said. “I am honored to have the opportunity to promote all that is great about this historic institution and let everyone know what I’ve known for a long time – you can get life out of a stone.”

About Livingstone College

Livingstone College, affiliated with the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, is a private historically black institution secured by a strong commitment to quality instruction. Through a Christian-based environment suitable for learning, it provides excellent liberal arts and religious education programs for students from all ethnic backgrounds designed to develop their potential for leadership and service to a global community. For more information, visit


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Phyllis Coley
Phyllis D. Coley is CEO/Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and Host of Spectacular Magazine Radio Show. With a B.A. in English from NCCU, the Durham native began her professional career as Promotions/Marketing Director for New York City’s WKTU-FM. While at the radio station, Coley discovered the rap group Kid ‘n Play and managed them for five years, guiding their music and movie careers to success. Moving back to Durham, Coley produced a nationally syndicated television show, The Electric Factory, while working as News Director for FOXY 107/104. In April 2002, recognizing a void in highlighting the achievements of African Americans, she started her own business publishing ACE Magazine. Coley launched Spectacular Magazine in November 2004. Recognizing the lack of pertinent and truthful information, Coley began Spectacular Magazine Radio Show in March 2009. Coley is the organizer of Durham's Annual MLK/Black History Month Parade and the Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration. She currently serves on Central Children’s Home Board of Directors, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Advisors, as Immediate Past Secretary of the Durham Rotary Club Board of Directors and is one of the founding members of the Triangle United Way’s African American Leadership Initiative.

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