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NABJ Applauds Lester Holt for His Ongoing Work as Substitute Anchor of NBC Nightly News

NABJ applauds member Lester Holt for his ongoing work as substitute anchor of NBC Nightly News.

Since February, Holt has ably anchored NBC’s flagship evening newscast bringing a calming presence and needed stability, along with his signature intelligence, confidence and charm during a difficult time for the broadcast network.


“Lester is a talented journalist who has proven time and time again that he has an ability to both anchor in the studio or in the field, because he is a naturally gifted reporter,” said NABJ President Bob Butler. “In a difficult time for his network he has stepped up and viewers have responded tuning in to the news delivered by an able newsman.”

Prior to this most current assignment Lester anchored three of the network’s programs “Weekend Nightly News”, “Weekend Today”, and “Dateline.”


He remains one of less than a dozen African-Americans to anchor a news program for one of 

the major television networks.

Holt joined MSNBC in 2000. In 2003, he assumed full-time duties at NBC News, where he became a substitute anchor for NBC Nightly News and Today. Holt became a full-time co-anchor of Weekend Today following the untimely death of previous co-anchor David Bloom.  

Until late 2005, he also anchored a two-hour daily newscast on MSNBC. In 2007, Holt was named anchor of the weekend edition of NBC Nightly News, succeeding John Seigenthaler. 

We wish Mr. Holt much success and am confident that he will continue to be one of the nation’s premiere anchors for years to come. More here.


NABJ and NAHJ Announce 2016 Joint Convention 
to be Held in Washington, D.C

NABJ and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) announced plans to host a joint convention in 2016 in Washington, D.C.

NABJ President Bob Butler and NAHJ President Mekahlo Medina said they are proud to bring both organizations to our nation's capital. The two organizations have worked together since this summer, after immediate past NAHJ President Hugo Balta and Butler officially announced the partnership. The joint convention will be held at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Aug. 3-7.

The convention will feature comprehensive journalism training, specialty programming, national newsmakers and the largest journalism career fair in the country.

"I am happy about the strategic alliance that we have formed with our partner, NAHJ, and we are excited that a dynamic city such as Washington will serve as our host," Butler said. "A joint 2016 convention increases our numbers, and our impact in an election year, and the presidential election will be high on our priority list."

Butler added, "I made it clear to Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus during his appearance at NABJ in Boston and the Democratic National Committee that we would like their respective parties' nominees to address our members and answer questions at our convention in 2016."

"NAHJ is privileged to be part of what will be a monumental moment in 2016," Medina said.

"Two of the country's largest journalism organizations representing two of the country's largest groups of color - it will be a must-attend convention for everyone.

"We are proud to partner with such a dynamic and historic journalism organization," Medina added. "NAHJ and NABJ started the idea of bringing journalists of color together 20 years ago and we are happy to be back with them celebrating and advocating for journalists of color everywhere."

 Medina went on to say that a joint national conference builds on the local partnerships NAHJ and NABJ have had over the past three years.

"Both our local D.C. chapters are strong and have successful experiences working together to bring members programming and development," Medina said.  More here. 



 Bill Wells to Serve as Honorary Chair for the 2015 NABJ Convention in Minneapolis

Former NABJ Convention Chair Leisa Richardson to Lead Special Events


N ABJ President Bob Butler announced that Bill Wells will serve as Honorary Chair for the 2015 NABJ Convention & Career Fair to be held in Minneapolis, Aug. 5-9, 2015.

"Wells is a committed member of NABJ who always supports our programs and services. We know he will have great ideas to make this year's convention in Minneapolis very memorable," said Butler. "He will be a great asset to our Convention team as they provide our members with career-building workshops and entertaining special events."


Wells is President of W. Wells & Associates, LLC, a management company specializing in diversity strategy and inclusion solutions. Wells designs and facilitates workshops and executive leadership retreats focusing on organizational and human resources issues.

"Bill has been enthusiastic about assisting with our convention since we first mentioned it to him," said Rod Hicks, Chairman of the 2015 NABJ Convention, which will celebrate the organization's 40th anniversary. "He has an excellent track record of bringing partners on board to assist with major projects."

Wells is well connected and very involved in various aspects of the Twin Cities community. He has begun assisting in several convention programs, 

including JSHOP, the NABJ journalism workshop for high school students, as well as NABJ's Town Hall, a collaboration with the Minneapolis community that will be open to the public. In his role as honorary chair, Wells will assist NABJ on its corporate partnerships and will from time to time solicit support and assistance from friends, colleagues and associates, including Cornell Leverette Moore, a former board member and chairman of the Greater Minneapolis Convention & Visitors Association. 


Wells previously served as Managing Partner for Inclusion Inc., a company that provides inclusion & diversity solutions.  In 2000, Wells was appointed to the position of Vice President, Global Diversity /Chief Diversity Officer for The St. Paul Companies (now Travelers). 


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