Jeremy C. McCool is a media personality, college educator, and author born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. McCool's first children's book "Princess and The Power of Melanin" was released December of 2018, co-authored by Western Illinois University professor Dr. Anthony McBride. This book deals with discrimination and is created to combat bullying, colorism, and to uplift young black children.
McCool began his entertainment career at the age of 11 with the Chicago youth performance group "The Happiness Club". Involved in this renowned group as both a dancer and rapper, McCool was able to perform at venues around the country including the 2011 White House Easter Egg Roll, and Lollapalooza 2011 & 2012.
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 granted the NAMM President's Innovation Award, which is a national award 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 a master's degree (M.A) in Communication. McCool currently teaches college courses in the Department of Communications Media at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. These courses include Radio Production, Intro to Communications, Media, and Culture, and an original course called Digital Storytelling. McCool is a Ph.D. candidate in IUP's Media and Communication Studies program. His research emphasis includes Critical Race Theory and Media Effects.
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education
McDonough County Voice
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Western Illinois University