Milton Coleman began his career at the Washington Post in 1976 as a reporter covering government and politics. Mr. Coleman later became The Post’s city editor and then assistant managing editor in charge of Metropolitan News. The paper promoted Coleman to deputy managing editor in 1996, where he created local, national, and international news collaborations with Spanish-language print and broadcast outlets. He was also involved in developing and revising internal newsroom guidelines on standards and ethics. In 2009, Coleman was named senior editor overseeing The Post’s policies on corrections, standards and ethics. He helped to adapt newsroom involvement in live events, digital journalism, and social networking. Coleman retired from The Washington Post in December 2012.
Before joining The Washington Post, Coleman worked for the Milwaukee Courier, the African World newspaper in Greensboro, NC, the All-African News Service, WHUR-FM News at Howard University, the Community News Service of New York, and the Minneapolis Star.
He is an inductee into the Hall of Fame of the DC chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and a past member of the Board of Visitors of the School of Communications at the University of Alabama, and the Board of Directors of the American Press Institute. Coleman has served as a jury chairman for the Pulitzer Prizes in Journalism and as a judge for the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards and the Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism Awards. In addition, he served as president of the American Society of News Editors from 2010-2011 and as president of the Inter American Press Association from 2011-2012.
Coleman holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.