Journalist Ed Gordon to keynote 26th annual Keeper of the Dream Awards Celebration

Journalist Ed Gordon to keynote 26th annual Keeper of the Dream Awards Celebration
Ed Gordon
TV and radio host Ed Gordon will keynote OU's 2018 Keeper of the Dream Awards Celebration.

For its annual Keeper of the Dream Awards Celebration, Oakland University will welcome award-winning journalist and broadcaster Ed Gordon to campus on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Jan. 15, 2018. 


Gordon is host and executive producer of the nationally syndicated program Conversations with Ed Gordon. Broadcast on Black Entertainment Television (BET), this one-on-one program allows Gordon to bring newsmakers and celebrities up-close and personal to viewers. Over the years, guests have included Oprah Winfrey, Denzel Washington, Kevin Hart, Steve Harvey, Janet Jackson, Bill Clinton and Beyonce, among many others.


Gordon also can be heard twice a week on The Steve Harvey Morning Show where he conducts interviews with top newsmakers and gives his perspective on current national headlines. He is also the host of the nationally syndicated radio program Weekend with Ed Gordon.


Through his two stints at BET, Gordon has had many roles at the network, including host of BET Tonight, anchor of BET News, and creator of his signature series Conversations with Ed Gordon. Gordon has been a contributing correspondent for CBS’ 60 Minutes II, and a contributor for NBC’s Today Show, and Dateline.


Gordon has anchored BET’s coverage of national and international events, including the 2012 Presidential election, President Obama’s second inauguration, Nelson Mandela’s funeral from South Africa and the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington.


In addition to an Emmy, Gordon is the recipient of a NAACP Image Award and Journalist of the Year Award from the National Association of Black Journalists.


Established in 1993, The Keeper of the Dream Awards Celebration pays tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for his pioneering work on behalf of civil rights. The event also awards scholarships to OU undergraduates who have contributed to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy by breaking down racial and cultural barriers.


For additional information, contact the Center for Multicultural Initiatives at or (248) 370-4404.