Dr. Jeremy C. McCool is a professor, consultant, media personality, scholar and author from Chicago, Illinois. McCool has held lectures at universities and organizations on topics such as media influence, racial bias, hip-hop and interpersonal communication. McCool is the co-creator of a children's book series called McCool & McBride Books. This series began with a book entitled Princess and The Power of Melanin that was released in 2018. The series then followed with The Adventures of Darrius: The Hall Monitor in 2021. The book series creatively tackles social issues such as bullying and prejudice, and contains Black lead characters. McCool joined the faculty of West Chester University of Pennsylvania as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication and Media in 2021.
In 2015, McCool won a national Intercollegiate Broadcast System (IBS) radio award for audio production. McCool began his radio career at Western Illinois University's station 88.3 The Dog at age 17 as a show host. Using his prior connections and hip-hop background to elevate the station to new heights, he quickly became the station's Music Director the following year, at age 18. McCool later interned at 99.1 WSMK in Niles, Michigan. In 2015, McCool received his bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism, with a Music Business minor.
McCool later co-hosted a morning show on K100 WKAI from 8-10 a.m called "Koop & McCool". During this time he was also employed by Western Illinois University as their Music Business Graduate Assistant. In 2016, McCool was named one of 59 national winners of a President's Innovation Award from the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation. This award is granted to students who demonstrate excellence in the field of music and who are interested in pursuing a career in the music industry.
In 2017, McCool earned his master's degree in Communication from Western Illinois University. McCool later taught college courses in the Department of Communications Media at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. These courses included Radio Production, Intro to Communications, Media, and Culture, and an original course he created called Digital Storytelling. McCool pursued his doctoral studies in IUP's Communications Media and Instructional Technology program. His research emphasis includes the perceptions of social conscious hip-hop, racial bias and media effects. McCool was awarded by Pittsburgh Magazine as a "40 Under 40" honoree in 2021. McCool's unique education and media experience make him an asset to both corporations and academia.