Shawn has been the manager of Media Relations and Community Affairs for the Dallas Police Department since June of 2013. His units are part of the department’s Office of the Chief of Staff. In June 2012, Shawn was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff by Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings. In that role, he was the project manager for Rawlings’ “Grow South” initiative as well as the “Men Against Abuse” which highlighted the issue of domestic violence.
Prior to joining the City of Dallas, Shawn launched the nationally acclaimed and highly recognized DallasSouthBlog.com in June of 2006 where he serves as publisher and editor. Dallas South has been featured in major publications and outlets like The Chicago Tribune, Toronto Star, NPR, BBC, and NBC Nightly News. Dallas South was one selected group of blogs granted credentialed by the Democratic National Committee to cover the party’s 2008 National Convention in Denver, Colorado.
Shawn is the founding publisher and editor of the nonprofit news website DallasSouthNews.org (2009). Dallas South News is a nonprofit organization utilizing technology, social media, and journalistic principles to empower and inform diverse communities. Dallas South News uses a combination of traditional journalists, citizen journalists, and bloggers to provide a fresh perspective to news stories important to Southern Dallas communities.
Shawn is a former columnist for the Dallas Morning News and also wrote for the North Dallas Gazette, Paris News, and D Magazine. He appeared monthly as a guest commentator on WFAA Channel 8’s Inside Texas Politics. In March of 2010 Shawn was awarded the Texas Social Media Award by the Austin American-Statesman. The award recognized the Top 25 social media users in the state. He published his first book “Blogging While Black” in 2011. In 2012, Shawn was a panelist at the South by Southwest Interactive Festival. He is a native of Paris, Texas, a graduate of Texas A&M University in College Station.