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Launched in August 2009, Pittsburgh Urban Media is an online magazine that connects visitors to the diverse communities in Pittsburgh and the surrounding neighborhoods. Our online magazine showcases the people, places and things that make Pittsburgh one of the most livable cities in the United States.
While you visit us, we want you to explore the dynamic arts and leisure scene, take a look at job prospects, safety issues and affordability projects underway in Pittsburgh.
Visitors to PUM also have an opportunity to learn more about the hot topics being discussed in the city by some of the leading business and community leaders in this region as well as our citizens.
You can also connect with some of the nation's most provocative business and community leaders who share their thoughts about innovation and revitalization projects underway in this region.
A diverse group of contributors, writers, and special guest authors present stories that might be left out in mainstream mediums.
We value diverse opinions and want to find solutions to some of the challenges taking place in this region. In the process of finding ways to enhance our city, we also explore opportunities to increase the vitality and sustainability in this region in an effort to create a better life for all of the citizens in this region.
Stories and features on PUM also encourage visitors to find ways to give back to their community by "Being the Change." We salute "Leaders who Inspire" and we feature those individuals who "Accentuate the Positive."
Oh yeah, PUM also provides the celebrity interviews and global news that will keep you informed about what is happening in the world.
PUM is all about celebrating our differences and embracing our diversity, and we hope our visitors to the website are encouraged to learn and grow from all cultures, races and nationalities...religions...etc., we are all about celebrating our differences!
PUM provides a Gateway to the Diverse Communities by offering visitors uncensored news that enlightens, educates and unites our communities through the power of the internet and the strength of our diversity.
Editor & Founder of PUM
Beckham is the owner of Beckham Media LLC (www.BeckhamMedia.com) a public relations and creative marketing company located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Beckham represents a number of high profile clients and manages public relations, communications and marketing opportunities for various companies and agencies. For over twenty years, Beckham has enjoyed working in the television industry—in front of the camera as a News Anchor & Reporter, and an Award Winning Writer & Producer. Additionally, Beckham has represented and managed Public Affairs Departments for a number of corporations. Beckham serves as a Board Member with Three Rivers Adoption. Beckham is also the founder and owner of www.SeattleUrbanMedia.com and www.NationalUrbanMedia.com
JACK L. DANIEL- PUM Contributor
Jack L. Daniel -Distinguished Service Professor University of Pittsburgh. Daniel served as Pitt vice provost for undergraduate studies and dean of students from September 2002 to December 2005. In his administrative role, Daniel served as chair of the Enrollment Management Steering Committee, coordinating a number of campuswide activities related to student recruitment, retention, satisfaction, graduation, and placement. He also was responsible for new undergraduate academic programs and worked with the Chancellor’s Diversity Task Force and Equipoise on issues relating to diversity.
At Pitt since 1968, Daniel has served as chair of the Department of Black Studies, vice provost for academic affairs, and interim dean of the College of General Studies.
KAM WILLIAMS - Entertainment Contributor
Voted Most Outstanding Journalist of the Decade by the Disilgold Soul Literary Review in 2008, Kam Williams is a syndicated film and book critic who writes for 100+ publications around the U.S., Europe, Asia, Africa, Canada and the Caribbean. He is a member of the New York Film Critics Online, the NAACP Image Awards Nominating Committee and Rotten Tomatoes.
In addition to a BA in Black Studies from Cornell, he has an MA in English from Brown, an MBA from The Wharton School, and a JD from Boston University. Kam lives in Princeton, NJ with his wife and son.
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