NABJ Salutes Departing Orlando Sentinel Editor Mark Russell on His Leadership and Distinguished Career
WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 8, 2013) — The National Association of Black Journalists is disappointed at the departure of Orlando Sentinel editor Mark Russell, whose leadership of the newspaper was the latest accomplishment in a distinguished career.
The Sentinel announced Russell's departure on Wednesday, just days after he represented the newspaper in a forum at NABJ's 38th Annual Convention and Career Fair in Orlando. Russell was the first African American to run the Orlando Sentinel's newsroom and one of few blacks leading a major daily newspaper in the U.S..
"Mark Russell was instrumental in our immediate past president Gregory H. Lee Jr. becoming only the fourth African-American sports editor currently at a major daily," NABJ President Bob Butler said. "We understand the newspaper business is in financial turmoil. We're awfully sad to see him go and we wish him well."
"Mark's leadership in Orlando has been a shining example for our industry," NABJ Vice President-PrintErrin Haines Whack, who worked for Russell at the Sentinel, said. "For more than a generation, his career has been a testament to the value of diversity in journalism."