Journalist & Communications Strategist 

- Leslie D. Rose 

Leslie D. Rose is a Maryland-based journalist, creative writer, and  communications strategist from southern New Jersey. She is the Founding Principal of the creative activism-focused consulting firm, CreActiv, LLC, which houses The Picture of Health. Leslie is a proud HBCU graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in mass communication with a minor in creative writing from Xavier University of Louisiana. 

She works as a culture journalist who writes features and hosts on-air interviews focusing on social and criminal justice issues, music, celebrity, and health and wellness. A few of her notable interviews include Mariah Carey, Maxine WatersChris Rock, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Tarana Burke, Allyson Felix, Erika Alexander, LeAnn Rimes, Will Ferrell, and Bootsy Collins, among others. 

Her work in communications has allowed her to craft and implement various strategies for the greater good of organizations in the arts, youth development, philanthropy sector, higher education, and government agencies. Through this work, Leslie fosters radically inclusive strategies that invest in meeting significantly higher standards of social impact communications.  

As a creative writer, Leslie‚Äôs focus is narrative poetry and creative non-fiction. She has competed in team and individual poetry slams at the national level. Her work has been published and featured on various outlets, including Passages NorthAll Def Poetry, and midnight & indigo. She is the author of the full-length journalism-inspired book of poetry, "The Newsroom," which examines the emotional battle journalists often have within themselves as storytellers and humans. Among other publications, she has four research papers in The St. James Encyclopedia of Hip Hop Culture, 1st Edition (2018, Gale/St. James Press).

Leslie
is a hip-hop and classic soul enthusiast and an advocate for invisible illness, criminal justice, and housing equity. She enjoys facilitating socially-responsible and engaging dialogue through writing or panel moderation. She's incredibly comfortable in front of a camera or microphone and is charismatic, lively, and inquisitive. Leslie is available for freelance or contract hire in journalism, event/panel moderation, hosting or emceeing, public relations and editorial consulting, photography, and as a teaching artist in poetry or journalism.