ROD McCULLOM is an international multimedia producer/writer who reports on politics, race, global health and global development with an emphasis on health disparities and HIV/AIDS. 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 new contributor to Scientific American and a frequent contributor The Atlantic, EBONY and POZ. 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." This was the same year that he was once again nominated for "Outstanding Weblog" for R20—described as a "very rare" dual nomination. Rod also was the political columnist and featured contributor to The Advocate—and scored two cover stories.
Rod has extensively reported HIV/AIDS issues from across North America, Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe and Latin America. He specializes in reporting on HIV/AIDS issues across the Black Diaspora. He 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 and other international venues.
Rod McCullom has been awarded more a half dozen international media fellowships in recognition of his work. Most recently in 2014: Knight Science Journalism at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology awarded him a fellowship to a science journalism workshop and boot camp in March 2014. He was one of only two freelance journalists among the 12 selected fellows. The journalist is also the recipient of the prestigious Ford International Reporting Fellowship from the International Center for Journalists. He will travel to Kenya in August 2014 to report on human rights and HIV/AIDS. He also will report from AIDS 2014: Melbourne in July 2014 on an international media fellowship from the International AIDS Society.
In October 2013, he traveled as an international media fellow for the AIDS Vaccine 2013 Conference in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. Rod was one of only two freelance journalists selected among the 25 media fellows.
Rod traveled to 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 International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa: 2011 Addis Ababa was sponsored by the Ethiopian government. He was the only American and the only freelance journalist to receive a fellowship to ICASA 2011.
He is the author of The New 'West Side Story'—a history of the community-based opposition to the redevelopment of Chicago's Near West Side and construction of the United Center. 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 Scientific American, 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/Voice of Russia and Philadelphia's WURD. He 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 and other broadcast outlets.
Rod McCullom has one Emmy Award nomination and 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, has lectured three times on campus and appeared on several panels.