Kicking Bottles, News, & Dust: Book Signing & Talk with Glenn Proctor

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Saturday, July 12th / 2:00 to 4:00PM


Ellwood’s Community Classroom


Glenn Proctor | Author, Poet, Life Coach, Motivational Speaker, Career Advisor

Glenn Proctor retired in 2011 as executive editor, vice president-news for the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Beginning at a suburban Philadelphia daily and moving through the ranks at newspapers in Iowa, Ohio, Kentucky, New York and New Jersey, Proctor also worked as a reporter for United Press International in Philadelphia, on Capitol Hill as a Congressional press secretary and as editor of the Marine base newspaper at Camp Lejeune, NC.

He shared in the 1987 Pulitzer Prize at the Akron Beacon Journal for coverage of the Goodyear takeover and has won numerous journalism and community service awards. During his tenure in Richmond, his team won the National Headliners Award for Breaking News for coverage of the Virginia Tech massacre and Virginia’s top awards for public service and First Amendment journalism.

From a very young age, Proctor has been a mentor – back then he was called a “know it all” – doling out advice, sharp jabs and life tips to anyone who would listen. A recovering alcoholic, he often didn’t heed his own advice.  But, he found ways to bounce back.

From teaching at Washington and Lee University the semester after his retirement as well as earlier adjunct work at Kent State University and lecturing at Columbia, Northwestern, University of South Carolina and dozens of universities to motivating cadets at the Marine Military Academy in Texas to standing-room only sessions at national journalism conventions, he preaches motivation.

Decades before receiving the National Association of Black Journalists’ Legacy Award in Las Vegas in August 2007, less than six weeks after prostate cancer surgery, Proctor was considered the “mentor’s mentor” by his professional colleagues. Proctor likens his style to castor oil: You don’t like the taste, but if you keep taking it, you’ll feel better.

Proctor is a board member of the Maynard Institute of Journalism Education, advisory board member of the Marine Military Academy and Kent State University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications and is a member of the Executive Council of the Reginald F. Lewis School of Business at Virginia State University.


The author’s life – as a foster kid, single parent, a Marine, a journalist and now as a career and life coach and leadership trainer – has been based on resilience. Having the ability to recover from setbacks and bad decisions and helping others to understand that level of resilience and self-confidence.

Proctor wants others to believe in themselves, believe that they can achieve their dreams at the highest levels, that their best work – and maybe best love – lies ahead. Overcome fear, distractions, naysayers and waiting to work on the future now. Change is good and leading oneself to determine a sound future is possible.

Join him in our Community Room to learn more about his story and partake in the book signing to follow.





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