Roy Paul is a highly sought after commentator specializing in the areas of education, social and economic justice, and the advancement of African Americans in modern pop culture and politics. Paul made history when he became the youngest African-American to ever be elected to public office in New York State when he was just 19 years old. He served 5 years as a School Board Member in Middletown, NY.
He contributes political commentary on a number of networks including WABC 7 in New York and is a contributor to NewsGenius.com (part of Rap Genius). In May and August of 2013, he moderated two forums with the Democratic candidates running for mayor of New York City and he also moderated forums with the candidates running for Public Advocate and Comptroller of New York City. And on November 14th, he moderated the first forum ever held for City Council members vying for Speaker.
Paul got his start at the age of 16 when he assembled over 200 signatures of fellow students in an effort to lobby the state legislature to reform its Regents’ exam system. Since then, he became actively involved with community groups and organizations such as the NAACP (which Paul spearheaded the effort to recharter in Middletown, NY) as well as Habitat for Humanity, Big Brother/Big Sisters, and the Orange County and South East Queens County Young Democrats, which Paul was instrumental in re-chartering. Additionally, Paul spent 3 years a Board Member for a non-profit organization called RECAP, Inc. which is dedicated to helping low-income residents through first time home buyers programs, substance abuse services, and G.E.D examinations.
As a journalist, Paul has interviewed the likes of Dr. Maya Angelou, former NYC Mayors Ed Koch and David Dinkins, Lilly Ledbetter, Bertha Lewis, Dr. Elsie Scott, and has done features on Eartha Kitt, Madam C.J. Walker, Percy Sutton, and Marcus Garvey, just to name a few. Before hosting his own radio show, he spent 3 years as a news reporter for the New York State Newswide Network. And on the political front, he has served as the Deputy Press Secretary for three campaigns, including races for U.S. Congress, New York City Council, and County Executive. He is a member of the New York Association of Black Journalists.
Paul received is B.A. in Political Science from Queens College (CUNY) and has his M.A. in Media Studies from The New School University in New York.