Black Media Mourns One of Its Champions: Ken Smikle, Founder of ‘Target Market News’


Black media lost one of its champions last week. Ken Smikle, founder and president of Chicago-based Target Market News, a trade publication and website that covered African American-oriented advertising and marketing trends. He died on Wednesday, Sept. 12, of congestive heart failure after his wife, former broadcast investigative reporter Renee Ferguson made appeals via social media for a donor heart. He was 66.

Smikle, a veteran journalist for four decades, had served as a writer and editor for a number of black publications, including Essence, The National Leader, Amsterdam News, and BLACK ENTERPRISE. During his tenure as a senior editor for BE from 1984 to 1987, Smikle was noted for his coverage of African American titans in media, marketing, and entertainment, including major…

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