Loyola alumnus Greg Howard, ’10, named to Forbes 30 Under 30 List
Greg Howard, ’10, was named to the Forbes list of 30 Under 30 in Media for 2017 for his work with The New York Times Magazine.
As the David Carr Fellow at The New York Times Magazine, Howard covers a variety of topics – including sports, politics, race, and music. He formerly wrote for Deadspin, Village Voice, and Dallas Observer.
Howard, originally from Bowie, Md., majored in writing and minored in business at Loyola. Global issues piqued his interest as an undergraduate student, and he’s spent his career exploring those issues more deeply.
“I didn’t know what I wanted to do at all when I came to Loyola,” Howard said. “I liked to read and write. I didn’t know if that meant novelist, journalist, or poet. At Loyola, I was able to do all of that.”
Howard’s passion for feature writing was sparked in a magazine writing course taught by Ron Tanner, Ph.D., writing professor. Writing courses were Howard’s favorite at Loyola, because these classes helped him to broaden his horizons as a writer and reader.
Outside the classroom, some of Howard’s favorite Loyola memories include playing for the men’s soccer team, which went undefeated in 2008 in Metro Atlantic Conference Play during Howard’s junior year. He and his teammates are still friends.
“When I look at my anchor – the people in my life that keep me sane – most of those people are from my time at Loyola.”
His writing caught the attention of one of the country’s most respected news magazines. Since then, his stories include My Mother Saw Danger in this Election. She Crossed State Lines to Try to Stop It, I Know How it Feels to Be Someone’s ‘Token.’ I’m Sure Ben Carson Does, Too, and When Muhammad Ali Met a Man on a Ledge.
As for what the future holds, Howard is not sure what comes next.
“My only plan is to not have a plan,” he said. “I’m doing what I enjoy – and it’s taken me here.”