Tre’vell Anderson is an award-winning journalist, social curator, and world changer who always comes to slay! Named to The Root’s 2020 list of the 100 most influential African Americans, the former Director of Culture and Entertainment at Out magazine has dedicated their career to centering those in the margins, grey spaces, and at the intersections of life through a pop culture lens.
Prior to Out, Tre’vell got their start in journalism at the Los Angeles Times where they created the beat of diversity in Hollywood with a focus on Black and queer film. During their four years at The Times, they covered every major red carpet in Hollywood and interviewed everyone from Viola Davis and Ava DuVernay to fashion icon André Leon Talley. Tre’vell has also authored articles and spearheaded projects that received industry-wide attention, such as a feature on Black comedic actresses, a business analysis of the “Black films don’t travel” myth in Hollywood, and a commentary piece on how race, white privilege, and bad attitudes impacted the 2017 Academy Awards conversation. Their work at the Los Angeles Times was recognized by the Online News Association, National Association of Black Journalists, NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists, the Shorty Awards, and the Los Angeles Press Club.
A native of Charleston, SC, Tre’vell received their Bachelor’s degree in sociology from “the nation’s headquarters for Black male excellence,” Morehouse College. A year later, the gender-nonconformer earned their Master’s degree in journalism from Stanford University. In 2018, they received the “Passing the Torch Award” from Better Brothers Los Angeles for their work in media and representing the LGBTQ+ community. In 2019, they were recognized as one of Empowerment Congress’s “40 Under 40.”
Tre’vell is the president of the National Association of Black Journalists of Los Angeles (NABJLA), co-chair of NABJ’s LGBTQ Task Force and the organization’s Region IV Director. Currently co-host of the Maximum Fun podcast, FANTI, and a well sought-after moderator and commentator, they’ve made appearances on MSNBC, Fox Business Network, NBC Nightly News, Good Morning America, and Entertainment Tonight Live.
Follow them online at @TrevellAnderson on Twitter and @rayzhon on Instagram.
*Note: Tre’vell uses they/them pronouns.