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Anita K. Parran, a native of St. Louis, makes her home in Kansas City, MO where she is principal for KK Charles Communications, LLC, an international award-winning firm she founded in 1998. The company specializes in public and media relations, professional writing and special events management. 

Anita earned a B.A. in Journalism from Stephens College and an M.A. in Business Management from Webster University. She also earned the Certified Communications Professional (CCP) designation from the University of Washington School of Communications. Over the years, she held numerous elected positions in the now defunct Kansas City Professional Chapter and garnered the Unsung Hero Award.

In 2006, she received the National Headliner Award from the Association for Women in Communications, and in the same year was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Kansas City Association of Black Journalists, having served as president for that organization for two years. Anita is a member of the Public Relations Society of America, National Association of Black Journalists, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ)/Kansas City Press Club, and Kansas City Freelance Exchange, American Association of University Women (AAUW), NAACP, and VIP member of the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW).

Anita is the Public Member for the Missouri Board of Pharmacy. She serves as Vice Chair of the Board for the Developmental Disability Services of Jackson County-eitas; and on the Board of Directors for the Urban League of Greater Kansas City, and Kansas City Association of Black Journalists. Anita is a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.