ROD McCULLOM is an international multimedia producer/writer who reports on politics, race, global health and global development. He has written and produced for ABC News' World News Now, World News Tonight, Good Morning America, Nightline and NewsOne; ABC New York, NBC Chicago, FOX Chicago ... as well as entertainment shows such as EXTRA, COPS and Danny Bonaduce.
He is a frequent contributor to The Atlantic and EBONY. His first report for EBONY in October 2011—"Black Same Sex Couples Raising Kids in the South"—was nominated by the GLAAD Media Awards for “Outstanding Magazine Article”. He also was the political columnist and featured contributor to The Advocate—and scored two cover stories.
Rod has extensively reported HIV/AIDS issues from North America, Africa, Europe and Latin America. He specializes in reporting on HIV/AIDS issues across the Black Diaspora. Rod was a panelist and reported from the International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA) 2011 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and AIDS 2012 in Washington DC. He also reported from AIDS 2010 in Vienna, Austria, the 2011 Black Diaspora MSM Conference in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, the United States Conference on AIDS and other national/international venues.
Rod McCullom has been awarded several international media fellowships in recognition of his work. In October 2013, he traveled to Barcelona, Frankfurt and Munich as an international media fellow for the AIDS Vaccine 2013 Conference in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. Rod traveled to Germany, South Africa and Zambia in July and August 2013 to report on HIV/AIDS as an International New Media Fellow for the International Reporting Project at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies. In December 2011, another media fellowship to the high-level ICASA 2011 Addis Ababa was sponsored by the Ethiopian government. He was the only American journalist to receive a fellowship to ICASA 2011.
Rod is the author of The New 'West Side Story'—a history of the community organizing against the United Center and gentrification on Chicago’s West Side. He is a contributor to the critically-acclaimed and award-winning 2012 anthology For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Still Not Enough. For Colored Boys won the American Library Association Stonewall Book Non-Fiction Award and was nominated by the Lambda Literary Awards. Rod also is a contributor to the 2010 anthology Obama and the Gays: A Political Marriage.
Rod McCullom began his career as a reporter at The Los Angeles Times and his writing has appeared at The Atlantic, EBONY, The Wall Street Journal, The Advocate, OUT.com, NPR, MTV/LOGO, Gawker Media, MSNBC.com, The Washington Post's The Root, Colorlines, Poz, The Body, Real Health, In These Times, The Chicago Reader, The Chicago Reporter and many others. He is a regular contributor to RT and Voice of Russia and has appeared on BBC, South African Broadcasting Corp, Ethiopia’s AFRO-FM, New York’s HOT 97, Melbourne's JOY FM, SiriusXM's The Michelangelo Signorile Show, Chicago's WVON, Philadelphia’s WURD and other broadcast outlets.
Rod has been nominated for an Emmy Award and has four GLAAD Media Award nominations. Rod’s blog Rod 2.0 is the winner of the 2013 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Blog. He attended the University of Chicago and has lectured three times on campus.