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  Glover Defeats Lowe for NABJ President


NABJ Election 2015 | Sarah Glover, center, is surrounded by supporters as she celebrates winning the NABJ presidency. (Nathalie Dortonne | NABJ Monitor)


By Wilton Jackson, Sean Hurd and Kori Tuitt
NABJ Monitor

Sarah Glover handily defeated Mira Lowe on Friday to become the 21st president of the National Association of Black Journalists.

Members chose Glover as the seventh woman of the nation’s largest group for minority journalists during the organization’s 40th anniversary convention in Minneapolis. Glover, a social media editor at NBC Owned Television Stations, had 347 votes. Lowe, a senior editor for features at CNN, had 167 votes.


“This is a journey and a process. I hope I can inspire anyone you can be a comeback kid,” said Glover, who was defeated by Bob Butler in the 2013 presidential race.

“I was honestly relieved that the race was over. The members decided. And that’s all we really wanted, was to have a forum where the members could view our platform,” Lowe said.

The other winners in contested races for the NABJ board were WBBM-TV Chicago general assignment reporter Dorothy Tucker for vice president for broadcast and Tanzi West-Barbour, the national director of the Black Alliance of Educational Options, for media-related representative.


Candidates for all other NABJ board of directors positions were unopposed with the exception of the student representative position, which is vacant.

Glover said financial stability is the most important issue that the organization must address for its future. She said she will position NABJ as a leading journalism organization and bring in revenue by developing a mobile strategy that will include sponsored push notifications and app content

Glover served as a regional director from 2001-2003 and NABJ secretary from 2003-2007.

Lowe and Glover faced off Tuesday in NABJ’s first Student Multimedia Project-powered presidential debate. Two of the major talking points of the debate were financial issues and organization’s continued relevance.

In the closing remarks of the debate, Glover appeared to take a jab at Lowe, stating that NBC not only fully supported her decision to run for president, but it also financially supports NABJ. CNN, Lowe’s employer, pulled its financial support from NABJ in 2014. 

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 NABJ Mourns the Loss of Julian Bond

NABJ mourns the passing of civil rights icon Julian Bond. He was most known for co-founding the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, serving in the Georgia General Assembly and working in the top echelons of the NAACP. He also considered a run for U.S. president in 1976.

Bond  wrote regular columns on race and equality and served as the host of “America’s Black Forum,” a weekly news television show that is the oldest black-owned program in syndication. He co-authored the book “Eyes on the Prize,” a history of the Civil Rights Movement, from the march on Selma in 1954 to  the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965.

It became an Emmy Award-winning television series on PBS. Bond's  father thought he would become an educator, but instead he took an interest in journalism and political activism, according to the New York Times.

Former NABJ President Kathy Times recalled Bond's participation on a trip to Senegal with NAACP leaders, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and NABJ members, including Djibril Diallo of the United Nations. Diallo organized the U.S. delegation's trip to Senegal as the country celebrated 50 years of independence. It was an opportunity for Times to witness and cherish a historical journey with an icon whose career she'd been following since she was a teenager.

"I can't believe he's gone. But the impact of his work will live on and influence many students and activists who benefitted from a lifetime of service," said President Times.

Former Detroit Chapter-NABJ President Randye Bullock met Bond in 1975. As a former aide to U.S. Congressman John Conyers, D-Detroit, Bullock introduced Bond to the Detroit community numerous times.

"What made Julian Bond so exceptional, was that he was a man of the people. He loved to interact with everyone, from all walks of life. He was a remarkable person, and never forgot about his people -- or where he came from,” said Bullock.

Bond's participation at an NABJ regional conference in the mid-90's had an effect on NABJ members. NABJ member Wayne Dawkins remembered his keynote address discussed how the NAACP still had relevance in the black community. As Bond spoke of the challenges facing black America, he asked conference attendees, "Who are you going to call -- the NAACP or Ice-T?" Bond also attended NABJ conventions as an invited guest.  

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 NABJ Honors Sports Columnist Bryan Burwell with the 2015 Legacy Award


The Board of Directors of NABJ has selected the late Bryan Burwell as the recipient of the 2015 Legacy Award. Mr. Burwell was a nationally recognized sports columnist, and at the time of his death he wrote for The St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Recipients of the Legacy Award are recognized for having had a career of extraordinary achievement, which broke barriers and blazed trails.


"Bryan Burwell was a sports journalist who covered historic moments and milestones on the court and on the field. His performance as a journalist set a high bar for others to follow," said NABJ President Bob Butler. "Few reporters can say they covered some of the most important moments in sports across platforms, but Bryan could and he did it extremely well."

In addition to his work as a columnist for The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, he had been an on-air host for CBS Sports 920 in St. Louis and 101 ESPN Radio, also in St. Louis. On television viewers saw him on ESPN's Jim Rome is Burning and The Sports Reporters.

"Bryan Burwell was an exceptional journalist and an exceptional mentor and friend. 

He had a confidence and charisma which made his written work critical and perceptive, and his television commentary biting and forceful," 

said Gregory Lee, past NABJ President and Director, Editorial Content at NBA.com. "A descendant of the first generation of black sportswriters, his exceptional work has ensured that more black sports reporters will have the types of opportunities he had to have impactful careers."

Earlier in his career, Mr. Burwell had been a columnist for USA Today, The Sporting News, The Detroit News, and The New York Daily News. He had also written for Newsday and The Baltimore Sun, and been an on-air contributor to HBO Sports.

Mr. Burwell's honor will be presented to his family at the association's Salute to Excellence Gala on August 8 during NABJ's Annual Convention and Career Fair in Minneapolis.

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