He is also a contributing editor for Black Issues Book Review. He began writing in the early 1970s while studying full-time for a degree in psychology at a local college. His first writing job was in 1977 as an associate editor at Encore Magazine, a pioneering black newsmagazine which dealt with current events, and hard journalism.
His writings included investigative reports and it was one such investigation—about the life of rural black farmers in the Deep South—that brought Fleming notice and led to a scholarship to Columbia University’s School of Journalism.
After leaving the School of Journalism, he worked with former Columbia Broadcasting System News president, Fred Friendly, former boss of the legendary Edward R. Morrow, as a staff writer for the Public Broadcasting Service television show, Media and Society. The series was televised on Public Broadcasting Service in the 1980s and 1990s.
This led to a job as a reporter at The New York Daily News throughout the 1980s and into the early 90s. As a reporter, he earned a New York Press Club, a Revson Fellowship and several other honors.
At the end of 1991, Fleming turned from the grueling work of hard journalism in order to write and teach.
But he also ventured into Creative Writing such as poetry and fiction. In addition, he also became an editors His first published creative works were two books of poetry, Melons in (1974) and Stars in (1975).
He currently teaches two courses in journalism at The New School in New York: “Media And The Black Experience,” and “Hard and Soft News: Journalism for A New World.”
His poetry, essays, and short stories have appeared in many books
The first was: Dark Matter: The Anthology of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculative Fiction by Black Writers—named a New York Times notable book, because it was the first anthology of science fiction and fantasy by Black Writers. Mr. Fleming"s work appeared in the collection of black erotica, Brown Sugar.