Garrard McClendon

Garrard McClendon

Independent Filmmaker

Other Roles: Director

Areas of Focus: Documentaries


Dr. Garrard McClendon is the director of the anti-violence film, “Forgiving Cain.” He is host of the PBS show CounterPoint on Lakeshore Public Media and has hosted The McClendon Report, Garrard McClendon Live on CLTV, and earned the Emmy Award for his show “Off 63rd with Garrard McClendon on WYCC.” Dr. McClendon is also an associate professor at Chicago State University and the author of “Ax or Ask? The African American Guide to Better English.” McClendon has earned several other awards including the ONE REGION Award, Associated Press Community Impact Award, an NAACP Champion Award, a LINKS award, a Human Relations Commission Leadership Award, and a Monarch Award. McClendon is a cancer survivor fulfilling the legacy of his parents by being the Executive Director of the Milton & Ruby McClendon Educational Foundation, and he is on the boards of the Sheila A. Doyle Foundation and Donda’s House Foundation. Garrard and his wife, Quanica, live in Chicago.