Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Ernest Owens is a Communication & Public Service major at the University of Pennsylvania. He broadcasts his hit radio show "Ernestly Speaking!" on WQHS.org, and was an elected student government representative at Penn. He launched his career in media as the former video producer and op-ed columnist for The Daily Pennsylvanian. Ernest has interned at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, NBC Philadelphia, and Philadelphia City Council. He is currently a contributing writer for USA Today & The Huffington Post, where he writes on a variety of social issues regarding race relations, social media/policy, and entertainment. His work has been featured on The Good Men Project, Al Jazeera English, The Root, The Oprah Winfrey Network and other social web publications. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Association of Black Journalists. His writing has even been honored with the Gold Circle Award for Best Personal Opinion by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. In his leisure, Ernest enjoys doing community service as an active brother of Alpha Phi Omega (ΑΦΩ) Fraternity, Inc. When not blogging, he loves chatting with people on Twitter so toss a tweet to @MrErnestOwens!