T.J. Holmes hosts Black History Month Forum in Memphis | Arts & Culture
West Memphis, Arkansas native T.J. Holmes is an award-winning journalist and national television personality.
Holmes will be a guest speaker at the University of Memphis as part of the university's 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation (Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington) “The Fight For Freedom Continues”.
"An Evening with T.J. Holmes" is free and open to the public and takes place in the Rose Theatre on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 from 7-9 p.m.
Holmes hosts “Don’t Sleep,” a new, original late-night program. Holmes inked a multi-platform talent agreement with BET Networks that includes “Don’t Sleep” as well as other content.
Prior to joining BET Networks, Holmes was a familiar face to television viewers as a news anchor and correspondent at CNN for more than 5 years. Holmes reported from the scene of numerous breaking news events, including Joplin, MO, which was devastated by multiple tornadoes in May of 2011; New Orleans during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010; and, Blacksburg, Virginia immediately after the shootings on the campus of Virginia Tech. Holmes also anchored from Ground Zero on the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks. Holmes covered the historic first papal visit to the United States of Pope Benedict XIV in 2008, including anchoring live from the mass at Yankee Stadium. Holmes secured some of the first stories from the survivors of the US Airways Flight 1549 that crash landed in the Hudson River in January of 2009. Holmes also reported from the campus of the University of Mississippi during the first presidential debate between Sen. John McCain and Sen. Barack Obama.
At CNN, Holmes also anchored significant news stories, including Saddam Hussein’s execution in 2006, the terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India in 2008, and the terrorist attacks at the Glasgow Airport in Scotland in 2007.
Holmes contributed to CNN’s 2010 coverage of Gulf Oil Spill and 2008 coverage of the 2008 Presidential primary campaigns, both of which garnered Peabody Awards.
Holmes previously worked as a news anchor at NBC11 in the San Francisco Bay Area. While at NBC, he traveled to Athens, Greece to cover the 2004 Olympics, the first Summer Games held after the September 11th attacks. He also covered numerous other stories that garnered national attention, including the historic recall election of the California Governor in 2003 and the double murder trial of Scott Peterson.
Prior to NBC11, Holmes served as a weekend anchor and reporter at KTHV in Little Rock, Arkansas. He started his career at KSNF in Joplin, Missouri.
Holmes is a graduate of the University of Arkansas. He now serves as member of the Chancellor’s Board of Advisors at the University and is also on the Board of Visitors at Emory University in Atlanta. Holmes is also a member of the 100 Black Men of Atlanta and the National Association of Black Journalists.
Holmes has been named to theGrio 100 List of History Makers and the Root 100 List of Influential African Americans.
He is married to Marilee Holmes, an immigration attorney.