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NABJ Mourns The Loss of Legendary Washington Post Editor Benjamin Bradlee

1921- 2014


NABJ mourns the passing of legendary journalist Benjamin Bradlee. As executive editor of The Washington Post from 1968 until 1991, he guided the paper through the era in which the paper developed into an outlet which offered groundbreaking reporting on events of consequence such as the release of the Pentagon Papers and the events surrounding the Watergate scandal.

Under his leadership The Post became the standard bearer for American journalism as news operations across platforms strove to deliver high caliber journalism and adhere to high journalistic standards

He oversaw an expansion of the kinds of coverage his newspaper offered readers which ultimately influenced editors at papers across the country. Internally, Bradlee was best known as a champion of ambitious reporters and stylish writers, who were empowered to produce journalism which drew acclaim.

Bradlee helped transform The Post from a mere local paper into a great national one. 

"I remember my shipmates watching the Watergate hearings on the mess deck when I was in the Navy in 1974," said NABJ President Bob Butler.

My condolences go out to the Bradlee family, The Washington Post family and our industry colleagues who too mourn his loss."

Leonard Downie Jr., who succeeded Mr. Brad­lee as The Post’s executive editor in 1991, said, “Ben’s influence remained very much alive at The Post long after he retired, distinguishing the newspaper and our newsroom as unique in journalism.”

President Obama saluted Mr. Bradlee’s role at The Post when giving him the country’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in 2013: “He transformed that newspaper into one of the finest in the world.”


CNN Withdraws Support of the National Association of Black Journalists


This month at the NABJ Board of Directors  Fall Meeting, President Bob Butler announced that long-time supporter CNN has withdrawn support of NABJ for the 2015 Convention & Career Fair.

NABJ issued a statement last week, "NABJ Concerned About Atmosphere at CNN for African Americans", in which NABJ expressed concern over the large number of African-American staff members leaving and being fired from the cable news network. 

Several African-Americans anchors have left the anchor desk or CNN altogether in the past few years.


Following the release CNN contacted NABJ President Bob Butler and informed him the association's request for support was denied.

Since that time CNN announced a major layoff in which at least five senior managers were laid off. In the past year nearly a dozen African American managers have resigned, been laid off or were terminated."

"I understand the company has a right to make personnel decisions," said NABJ President Bob Butler.

"There were not that many African American managers at CNN in the first place. These layoffs have hurt our members tremendously. I am severely disappointed that CNN has ended our partnership."

NABJ was established as an advocacy group in 1975 in Washington, D.C., and is now the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation. It provides career development, educational support and other services to its members worldwide.

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Lee Ivory Appointed as New NABJ Secretary


NABJ President Bob Butler appointed Region II Director Lee Ivory as NABJ Secretary.


The secretary position was left vacant earlier this month when Corey Dade resigned from the role after assuming a new job as Senior Director with Burson–Martseller.



Ivory previously was appointed Region II Director for NABJ in September 2013 when the role was vacant. He currently teaches journalism and multimedia at American University in Washington and is a freelance editor. In 2011, he taught journalism and multimedia courses at Virginia Commonwealth University as the Virginius Dabney Distinguished Professor. 

NABJ is fortunate to have Lee step into the role of Secretary,” Butler said. “He has a long distinguished record of leadership within NABJ, including as a past President of the Washington Association of Black Journalists.  He will do well in this role and ensure

that our members have up-to-date minutes and are kept aware of the happenings in NABJ.”


Previously, Ivory worked at Gannett Company, Inc. for 26 years in a variety of capacities, including as a news editor, managing editor and national editor for Gannett News Service. He also was publisher and executive editor of USA Today Sports Weekly. 


An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation and provides career development as well as educational and other support to its members worldwide. 

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