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Dawn Ennis

Dawn Ennis (she/her/hers) is an editor, columnist and regular contributor to Forbes.com.

In addition to being an award-winning journalist, she is a television correspondent for: “Connecticut Voice Out Loud” on WTNH-TV and hosts the “RiseUP With Dawn Ennis” talk show.

She is also a regular contributor to CT Voice Magazine, The Daily Beast, Los Angeles Blade, GLAAD.org, StarTrek.com, Out Magazine and The Advocate Magazine.

In 2013, Ennis was the first transgender journalist to come out in network TV news. She subsequently served as the first out trans editor at The Advocate, LGBTQ Nation and Outsports.com, which she led as managing editor and podcast team manager for 2 1⁄2 years.

Before coming out, Ennis worked in newsrooms at TV stations across the country as a writer, producer and news manager. Her blogs about her transition and life experiences are at lifeafterdawn.com, HuffPost and Medium.

Ennis also teaches journalism, sports reporting, advertising, public relations, podcasting and media literacy at the University of Hartford, while simultaneously pursuing her Master’s degree in Communications.

She also serves as secretary of the West Hartford Human Rights Commission, on the board of directors at West Hartford Pride and is a volunteer member of several committees at her synagogue.

For a dozen years, she worked as a successful child model and actor in New York City.

Ennis is a single mom residing in West Hartford, Conn., with her three children, their dog Dahlia and their cat Faith.