Manny Otiko, Journalist

Manny Otiko has worked in the media for 20 years as a journalist and a public relations professional. His experience includes stints as a reporter at a daily newspaper, serving as a media relations specialist for a state agency and working for several Southern California PR agencies.

Manny has been published in The Riverside Press-Enterprise, The LA Sentinel, The LA Wave, The Washington Afro-Am and IE Weekly. He is an active member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the Black Journalists Association of Southern California.

Manny currently writes for FourFourTwo, the world’s biggest soccer magazine,the Atlanta Blackstar, Our Weekly and California Black Media. He has interviewed Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, who was chief of staff to Gen. Colin Powell, when he was secretary of state; former drug dealer Freeway Rick Ross and Anthony Ray Hinton, who was recently freed after serving 30 years on death row. His Wilkerson interview went viral and was shared 22,000 times on Facebook and covered by the Washington Post. 

Manny has written about race, sports, entertainment, politics and media. He also writes a blog called “Manny on the Media.”