Nakia L. Cooper is a 21st century digital innovator, using her expertise in multimedia communications to work with local and national outlets, government and state agencies, community and business leaders, celebrities, etc. Known for her unique storytelling and Southern sass, this well-respected professional wears many hats, and is no-nonsense when it comes to the hard work and dedication this industry demands.
“I’m a Renaissance Woman,” Cooper says. “I can put on a navy blue suit to sit with government officials, hold my own in a boardroom full of sharks, or rock a pair of stilettos and a body suit for a charity dance-off. I can and will do it all! And when it comes to media, I’m the newshound who can deliver the accurate details the audience needs – with a quickness.”
Currently, Cooper is the media coordinator for the United States Census Bureau, supervising two dozen media specialists across the 12-state Denver region. She holds an MA, Digital Media Studies and a BA, Broadcast Journalism and Mass Communication, both obtained at Texas Southern University, where she also serves as an adjunct professor teaching online journalism.
Always wanting to remain true to her authentic self, Cooper believes in the “power of words” and is not afraid to share them so they can help others along the way. In 2011, she created NewsWithAttitude.com, a site dedicated to giving lifestyle news for the everyday woman on-the-go! N.W.A. brings readers the best in career, fashion, health, travel, food, relationships, etc. so they can live their best lives – with an attitude, of course! (Be sure to check out the #BlackGirlBucketList adventures!)
In addition, Cooper is the president of the Houston Association of Black Journalists (HABJ), the local chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), both dedicated to providing resources and making sure minority journalists and communities of color are properly represented.
During her undergrad years, Cooper served as president of the TSU Association of Black Journalists (TSUABJ) and executive producer of the live student newscast at KTSU’s The Choice 90.9 FM. She quickly learned that internships would be the key to her success.
Her work hard, grind strategically harder mentality kicked into overdrive while interning at KRIV FOX 26 when former news director, Kathy Williams, gave her the advice that “everything you do must be calculated.” Cooper also interned at KHOU 11 News’ Great Day Houston, which led to her first newsroom job.
The same month she graduated magna cum laude from TSU’s School of Communication, Cooper was offered the weekend web producer position at KHOU 11 News, eventually working her way up to senior producer of the award-winning KHOU.com website.
Cooper moved on to KPRC Channel 2 News to serve as senior editor of the Click2Houston.com website, but moved on after two years to become the digital executive producer and content manager at Tribune Media’s KIAH CW39/News Fix. That role made Cooper the first African American person to manage a web department (CW39.com) at a Houston television news station.
Cooper says those 9 to 5 gigs helped her add one Emmy, two Edward R. Murrow, three Associated Press and two Lone Star Press awards (won with the KHOU.com team) and another AP award for Best Website (won with the Click2 team) on her mantel and forever listed as bullet points on her resume.
Many would be surprised to know that Cooper was forced to drop out of high school during her senior year due to homelessness, but that motivated her to want to help other young people in hopes that no one else would endure some of the hardship she experienced.
In 2015, Cooper co-founded Sister 2 Sistah, a mentoring organization for college women fighting to overcome obstacles, and due to the success of the organization’s community work, received a Proclamation from Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee and a Letter of Recognition from Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick. In addition, Cooper previously served on the board of directors of the Houston Greeters, a welcoming wagon for everything the Bayou City has to offer, led by immigration attorney and former Houston city councilmember Gordon Quan.
Cooper is a fierce advocate of mental health issues and, for the past few years, has emceed multiple annual conferences and galas for Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America (SARDAA), including ZOOM virtual event due to COVID-19 pandemic (2020), in NYC’s Time Square with co-chair, actress Glen Close (Nov. 2019), at Houston Shell Club (2018) and J.W. Marriott (2015) for World Mental Health Day.
Cooper loves giving back, serving two years as co-creator and project manager for the Dwight D. and Sheryl H. Howard’s “Holiday Hoopla” and “Girlz Rule” mentoring events for underserved children.
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Cooper says, “I am a true Texas woman who love my heels high, my hair big and my food spicy! But despite everything I have done thus far and what I hope to accomplish in the future, nothing compares to my biggest and best productions to date. I am the proud “Mama” of a son and daughter, who are the driving forces behind everything I do.”
Cooper is available to serve as emcee and hostess for events, media coordination, digital and social media consulting, publicity and promotions, ghost writing, brand ambassador, etc.
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