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Lauren Poteat (Prince George’s, Montgomery)

Black History Month Leadership & Service Honoree Lauren Poteat is an award-winning journalist who reports from radio, television, and print platforms. Covering news stories for publications including the historic AFRO American Newspapers, the Washington Informer, and Black Press USA, Lauren’s work has been recognized through the Society of Professional Journalists with their prestigious “Dateline Award.” 

Dedicated to the needs of the African American community, Lauren also serves as the Washington, D.C. Chair for Women In NAACP and was recognized as a Scholar of Excellence through the NAACP Nextgen Program for her hard work. Chair of Outreach for Dress for Success-Washington, D.C., a local Board Member to the Washington School for Girls, a National Board Member to the National Council of Negro Women, and an active member of Iota Phi Lambda Sorority Incoporated, the first African American business and professional sorority established in 1929, Lauren was also recognized through the Prince George’s County Chapter of Jack & Jill Incorporated with their “Young Visionary: Catalyst Award”

Ambitious and smart, Lauren also won the title of Miss Black America Maryland and this past year, became a children’s book author with her debut book, “Giraffes Don’t Talk to Ants,” which has already seen over 600 units sold.

Championing equity and women-wellness, Lauren Poteat currently serves as Chair for Women In NAACP for the Washington, D.C. Branch.


A Journalist, Community Servant and now a Published Children’s Book Author to “Giraffes Don’t Talk to Ants.”


Lauren Poteat formerly serving the community as Miss Black America Maryland.


Lauren Poteat reporting from the “We the People Summit” asking Senator Bernie Sanders an important question around voter suppression.

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