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Congratulations to these NABJ members on reaching new heights in their careers. We wish you continued success!
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 Issue: September 13, 2017

 
 

 
MOVING ON UP AT USA TODAY
Brent Jones has been named Standards and Ethics Editor for the USA TODAY Network. He previously held a similar position for USA TODAY. In his new job, he will ensure ethical standards, act as a reader representative and oversee internship programs. He will also drive company-wide diversity and inclusion efforts for the company's newsrooms. Jones joined USA TODAY in 1997 as a copy editor.


EXECUTIVE POSITION
Award-winning journalist and media executive Ju-Don Marshall has been named Chief Content Officer at WFAE-FM. She will oversee the newsroom, the "Charlotte Talks" show, and all of WFAE's digital platforms, including NPR One.


MAJOR MOVE AT NEWSDAY
Monte Young has been promoted to assistant managing editor at Newsday. He started at the newspaper in 1987 as a town reporter. In his new job, he will help grow and expand Newsday's efforts across the newsroom, including daily coverage and joint print/broadcast projects.


 
NEW MSNBC COORDINATING PRODUCER
Christopher Nelson
has been promoted to coordinating producer for MSNBC, where he oversees planning and logistics for the network's weekend news programming. He was previously senior editor at NBC News, where oversaw the national news desk overnight.


 
NEW EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Raelyn Johnson
has been promoted to executive producer for MSNBC Weekends. She was previously a senior producer on the 3 p.m. hour of "MSNBC Live with Ali Velshi" and was a senior producer on the original team that launched Al Jazeera America.





NEW D.C. JOB
Sasha-Ann Simons has joined the reporting team at WAMU-FM in Washington, D.C. She was formerly a host and reporter at WXXI-FM in Rochester, N.Y., and a journalist at various news outlets in Toronto.



 
NEW TELEVISION HOST
FOX19 NOW news anchor Charisse Gibson has been named host of "Cincinnati Connection," a new community affairs program. The show will focus on the region's rich African-American heritage and diverse points of view.


 
FIRST JOB
Clayton Gutzmore
has been named Digital Coordinator for The Miami Times. He had been freelancing for the newspaper since 2015. He is a graduate of Florida International University and serves as treasurer of the South Florida Black Journalists Association.


 
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
John Yearwood
was re-elected to the executive board of the Vienna, Austria-based International Press Institute, the oldest press freedom organization in the world. Yearwood, a former NABJ treasurer, was also unanimously re-elected by the board to serve a second term as chair. 


INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR JOURNALISTS FELLOW
Freelance television reporter Melissa Noel has been selected as a 2017 Bringing Home the World International Reporting Fellow by the International Center for Journalists. The fellowship helps U.S.-based minority journalists cover under-reported international stories. She will travel to Jamaica to report on the long-term impact on thousands of Caribbean children and their communities due to prolonged separation from their parents who have immigrated to countries for work.


FRANK ALLEN FIELD REPORTING AWARD WINNER
Freelance journalist Glenn Townes was recently awarded the 2017 Frank Allen Field Reporting Award by the Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources. He will write an in-depth article about the plight of farmers in Cuba and their alliance with African-American farmers. 





AWARD WINNER
Freelance journalist Erica Ayisi has won an award for her work as an international journalist from the Worcester Educational Development Fund/Worcester Public Schools. She is the first black women to receive this award.






GEORGE CURRY AWARD WINNER
Jerry Thomas,
president of Chicago-based Jerry Thomas Public Relations, was named the recipient of the first-ever George Curry Award, given by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. The award was named for the Curry, a respected columnist, commentator, editor, news executive and champion of black journalists.






AWARD-WINNING FILM MAKER
NABJ Lifetime Member Malena Cunningham Anderson's first documentary film, "Little Music Manchild: The Malik Kofi Story," won Best Documentary at Atlanta's BronzeLens Film Festival in August. It also won an Award of Merit from ImpactDocs in July, and has been selected for entry and screening at the International Black Film Festival in October.  



PROMOTED PROFESSOR
Miki Turner
has been promoted to assistant professor of professional practice at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Turner, a veteran journalist, teaches photojournalism, visual journalism and sports commentary and is currently working on a masters in communication management.


HONORARY DOCTORATE
Ken Scott
has been awarded an honorary doctorate from Lincoln University.  He was acknowledged for his work as president of the Beech Companies. He was also lauded for his life achievements, including producing more than $2 billion in community and economic development, creating thousands of jobs, donating millions of dollars in grants to charities and nonprofit organizations and awarding hundreds of scholarships to deserving students to complete their higher education.



NEW BOARD MEMBER
Dakarai I. Aarons,
vice president of strategic communications at the Data Quality Campaign, has been appointed to the board of the American Youth Policy Forum. AYPF is a national organization that engages policymakers in the development of effective and supportive youth policies.



PROMOTED TO DIRECTOR
Yolanda McCutchen was named director of public relations at the D.C. Housing Finance Agency in Washington, D.C.. McCutchen joined DCHFA two years ago in the role of PR manager. 


NEW JOB
Juan Diasgranados has been named public affairs manager for the Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department, the eighth-largest jail system in the country. In his new job, he will oversee and implement internal and external communications strategy for the office. He was previously an MMJ at WPTV Newschannel 5.




NEW BOOK PUBLISHED
Ida Byrd-Hill, president of Uplift, Inc., a nonprofit tech diversity and inclusion firm, has released a new book, Invisible Talent Market. The book serves as a diversity and inclusion guide that discusses how grooming blacks with digital business skills is a viable strategy to reduce America's talent shortage.


EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
Akilah Monifa, senior vice president at ARISE Global Media, LLC, has been admitted to the 2017 LGBTQ Executive Leadership Program at Stanford University's Graduate Business School.
 
 
 

 
NEW OMN PRESIDENT
Stephanie D. Moore of Moore Marketing and Communications has been named president of the Oklahoma Media Network. The organization, an affiliate of The Alliance for Women in Media, was created to acknowledge all the great women and men who work together to raise the standards of excellence in radio, television, digital, print, production and other allied fields.
 
  THE MADE MEN HONORED
Jeff Ballou of Al Jazeera English, journalist and professor Mark Lamont Hill, Hamil Harris, a contributor at the Washington Post and adjust professor at Morgan State University and Roland Martin, host of News One Now, will be honored by The Made Men for being leaders and influencers. They will be featured at a red carpet reception on Friday, Sept. 22 during the Congressional Black Caucus weekend.
 
  DISTINGUISHED COMMUNICATOR AWARD
Benét J. Wilson, immediate past NABJ VP-Digital, is being honored by American University's School of Communication, her alma mater, with its Distinguished Communicator Award. She is being celebrated for her outstanding contributions to online news and journalism as well as her efforts to encourage the next generation of journalists at a reception during the Online News Association conference at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel on Friday, Oct. 6.
 
   

 

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