Rod 2.0 is the brainchild of Rod Mccullom, an international multimedia producer and writer who reports on politics, race, global health & development, and specializes in reporting on HIV/AIDS issues across the Black Diaspora. He began his career as a reporter at The Los Angeles Times and has also written for Scientific American, The Wall Street Journal, NPR OUT.com, MTV/LOGO, MSNBC.com, The Washington Post's The Root, Colorlines, Poz, The Advocate (for which he scored two cover stories) and many others. He has also written and produced for several television shows, including ABC World News Tonight, Good Morning America, Nightline, NBC Chicago, FOX Chicago, and the entertainment show EXTRA.
Throughout his career, Mccullom has been a frequent contributor to Ebony magazine. In fact, his first report for Ebony in 2011 titled "Black Same Sex Couples Raising Kids in the South" was nominated for “Outstanding Magazine Article” by the GLAAD Media Awards. That same year, his blog, Rod 2.0, was also nominated by GLAAD for "Outstanding Weblog" (considered a "very rare" dual nomination). Mccullom is a contributor to the critically-acclaimed and award-winning 2012 anthology For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Still Not Enough as well as the 2010 anthology Obama and the Gays: A Political Marriage. He also authored The New 'West Side Story',
a history of the community-based opposition to the redevelopment of Chicago's Near West Side. An outstanding journalist, McCullom has had the great fortune to have been awarded more than a half dozen international media fellowships in recognition of his work. He has also had the honor of being nominated for an Emmy Award and has four GLAAD Media Award nominations. Most notably, Rod 2.0 won the 2013 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Blog.