C. Zawadi Morris is an award-winning journalist and a Chicago native who moved to Brooklyn in 1997. Ms. Morris holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration (and a minor in Spanish) from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University.
She has worked as the bilingual communications director for Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez (NY-12), a senior account executive for Shandwick Public Affairs and Cohn & Wolf Public Relations, and a news editor at AOL’s Bed-Stuy Patch. In December 2013, under The Original Media Group, Zawadi launched The Brooklyn Reader, an online news source covering the neighborhoods of Central Brooklyn.
Ms. Morris has been recognized as a “Mover and Shaker” by NV Business Magazine, was featured in Crain’s NY Business in 2018, The New York Times in 2019 and was presented a citation of excellence from the Brooklyn Borough President’s office on behalf of her work in the community with BK Reader. She also received the 2022 Brooklyn NAACP Community Service Award during its centennial celebration.
In her free time, Zawadi loves baking, hiking, dancing and sewing. In 2004 was named one of Brooklyn’s Top-20 Designers by NRG Magazine.