#BlackHistoryMonth – Herbert “Nip” Nipson: A Trailblazer for Black Students in COMM

For the month of February, the Underground will shine a spotlight on prominent figures in the black community.


The first known Daily Collegian journalist of color, Herbert “Nip” Nipson broke countless barriers within the College of Communication and the greater Penn State community.

In 1939, Nipson was selected as the Daily Collegian’s assistant sports editor and was invited to join the managing board. Outside of academia he was a lettered member on the cross-country team and first Black man elected to Sigma Delta Chi (The Society of Professional Journalists).

Graduating from Penn State in 1940, Nipson went on to serve as the associate editor of Ebony magazine. Serving 15 consecutive years as associate then executive editor, Nipson enjoyed recognition for his mainstream appeal and received the Capital Press Club’s Outstanding Journalist Award.

Herbert Nipson died on December 10, 2011, at the age of 95.

About Candice Crutchfield (20 Articles)
Candice is an occasionally stressed out college student and aspiring lawyer from northern Virginia. The African-American student-turned-social-justice-advocate can be found reading about civil rights issues, ranting about millennial life, and starting Twitter conversations with Soledad O’Brien. After being many people’s only black friend, she gained an interest in establishing diverse and accepting communities. A media junkie of sorts, she can also be found writing for Blavity, binge watching TV shows, and taking endless pictures of food for her Instagram account. Email her: candice@undergroundvoices.co

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