Shawn Selby ’92

Shawn Selby

Email: *protected email*

Current occupation/title: Journalism/news editor for Capital Business.

Employer: The Washington Post.

Year initiated: 1989

Year graduated: 1992

Undergraduate degree: Bachelor’s in journalism and political science.

Current City and State: Washington, D.C.

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While an Undergraduate, I majored in journalism and political science and was in the second McDonough Leadership Program class. I was an editor of The Marcolian for four years, including two years as managing editor and one year as editor in chief. As a Delt, I served as assistant pledge educator, assistant alumni chairman, rush chairman, publications chairman and corresponding secretary. I graciously stood aside my senior year to let Dan Moorman be our Homecoming King candidate. He lost.

After graduation, I moved to Southeast Michigan, where I worked as an editor at the Gannett-owned newspaper in Port Huron. While there, I was loaned to other Gannett newspapers in Lansing, Mich., and northern New Jersey. I also spent six months at USA Today in Washington. From there, I went to work as an editor at The Oakland Press in Pontiac, Mich.

In 1999, I left daily newspapers to take an editor job at a weekly newspaper in Detroit called Crain’s Detroit Business. In 2007, I moved to Manchester, England, to help the company start a weekly business newspaper there called Crain’s Manchester Business. In 2010, I moved back the United States and began working at The Washington Post, first as a Web producer and then as news editor for The Post’s weekly business news publication, Capital Business.

I am gay, and was probably the first Epsilon Upsilon alumnus to publicly come out (1993). Over the years, I have been an activist in my off time for LGBT causes and marriage equality. In 1995, I founded Blue Water Pride, a nonprofit education and advocacy organization in Port Huron, Mich. I led the organization as chairman of the board until 2001. I remained on the board as a director until 2003. I worked with victims of anti-gay violence and led programming on LGBT health and domestic partnership issues. I also had the honor of leading Michigan’s delegation at the LGBT Millennium March on Washington in 2000. And finally, I presided over four cross-border LGBT pride celebrations with Blue Water Pride’s sister group in Sarnia, Ontario. After leaving Blue Water Pride’s board in 2003, I worked on the “No” campaign against Michigan’s referendum in 2004 to approve a state constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage as well as to ban any private domestic legal arrangements between same-sex couples. We lost.

I am very proud of being a Delt. I cherish the friendships I have with the Marietta Delts from my era, as well as the friendships I have made with older Marietta Delts. And perhaps even more so with the friendships I have with younger Marietta Delts.

The Four Fundamental Principles of Deltism — Truth, Power, Faith and Courage — have been guideposts for me, both personally and professionally.