DeWayne Wickham began his journalism career in 1973, during the Watergate scandal that forced the resignation of President Richard Nixon. That introduction to the rough and tumble interplay between journalism and American politics shaped his career. In nearly four decades as a journalist, Wickham reported on eight U.S. presidents; dined with Fidel Castro in Havana; accompanied Jean Bertrand Aristide on his return to Haiti from exile; traveled with Nelson Mandela on his eight-city tour of the United States following his release from a South Africa prison; and followed then presidential candidate Barack Obama to Paris for his historic campaign trip to the French capital.
During his journalism career, Wickham worked for US News & World Report, The (Baltimore) Sun, WBAL-TV, CBS News, BET and USA Today, where he has written a syndicated column since 1985. The author of four books, Wickham is a founding member and former president of the National Association of Black Journalists. In 2012, the Society of Professional Journalists honored DeWayne Wickham as a Fellow of the Society, the highest honor given by the Society for extraordinary contribution to the profession.
Prior to coming to Morgan State University, he was Scholar-in-Residence and Distinguished Professor of Journalism at Delaware State University, Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and Distinguished Professor of Journalism and chair of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at North Carolina A&T State University.