Carl W. Kenney II is a teaching assistant professor at the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media, editor-in-chief of Durham Voice and co-producer of God of the Oppressed an upcoming documentary film.

Kenney was named North Carolina’s top serious columnist of the year (2011) for his work with the News & Observer. While an adjunct faculty member at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, he wrote a weekly column for the Columbia Missourian, for which he received recognition from the Missouri Press Association for columns involving student protest on the campus of the University of Missouri in 2015.

He received his bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia and furthered his education at Duke University where he earned his Master's of Divinity. Keney was named a Fellow in Pastoral Leadership Development in the Doctor of Ministry program at the Princeton Theological Seminary in 2005.

Kenney is a freelance journalist with articles and commentary appearing in the Washington Post, Religious News Services, News & Observer, IndyWeek, Durham Magazine, Durham Herald-Sun, Sojourner Magazine and numerous others. He is the author of "My Daddy's Promises: Lessons Learned Through Caregiving" and two novels — “Preacha’ Man” and its sequel “Backslide.” He is featured in Melissa Harris-Perry’s award-winning book "Barbershops, Bibles & BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought," Don Yeager’s "It’s Not About the Truth: The Untold Story of the Duke Lacrosse Case," Stuart Taylor's & KC Johnson’s "Until Proven Innocent," John Noltner’s "A Peace of Mind," George Curry’s "The Best of Emerge Magazine" and Craig S. Keener’s books "Paul, Women and Wives" and "Black Man’s Religion."


  • B.J., University of Missouri
  • Master of Divinity, Duke University