Staff Bios & Contact Information


Dr. Marguerita Washington is publisher of the Omaha Star Newspaper. Her life career in education changed upon the death of her aunt, Mildred D. Brown, founder and publisher of the Omaha Star newspaper.  Mrs. Brown bequeathed the newspaper to Dr. Washington and she immediately proved herself as an effective leader for the paper.

Her goal for almost 20 years has been to continue Mrs. Brown’s legacy of using the Omaha Star to educate its primary market, providing the community with scholarships, personal help, recognition and employment. She led the effort to gain National Register of Historic Places status for the Omaha Star office building and, in 2007, she formed a non-profit organization, Mildred D. Brown Memorial Study Center, Inc., for the purpose of giving young people the opportunity for scholarships, to study and research the history of Afro-American journalism in Nebraska, and get hands-on experience through involvement with a community newspaper. In 2005, the YWCA Omaha recognized Dr. Washington as one of the 10 “Women of Vision.” 

Call (402) 346-4041 Opt. 2 or email at

Phyllis Hicks is the Director of Advertising & Marketing for the Omaha Star newspaper. Phyllis sells advertising, increases circulation, writes news and feature articles, is the newspaper’s primary representative at media-related conferences and events and is coordinator of developing new revenue streams, grants and awards to enhance the Omaha Star. From 1968 to 1998, Phyllis was Employee Relations Coordinator and Employment Service Supervisor for the Omaha Opportunities Industrial Center, Inc. She is a graduate of the Omaha Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Omaha Program and the Heartland Blue Print Program sponsored by the United Way of the Midlands – two of Nebraska’s most prestigious business fellowship programs. She is a 2002 recipient of the City of Omaha’s “Living the Dream” Award presented annually on Dr. Martin Luther King’s Birthday. One of her proudest achievements remains being founder of the Salem Baptist Church Stepping Saints Drill Team in 1967 and leading it to national prominence.

Call (402) 346-4041 Opt. 4 or email at 

Karen Davis is the Circulation/Retail Coordinator for the Omaha Star newspaper:

Carl Hill is the Retail Distributor for the Omaha Star newspaper

Circulation Desk:  Call (402) 346-4041 Opt. 5
News Releases and Articles: Call (402) 346-4041 Opt. 3
Mildred Brown Memorial Study Center: Call (402) 346-4041 Opt. 6