NABJ Mourns the Loss of NPR Executive Producer Teshima Walker Izrael
WASHINGTON, DC (August 19, 2013) – The National Association of Black
Journalists (NABJ) mourns the loss of NPR executive producer Teshima
Walker Izrael on Friday after a two-year battle with colon cancer. She
was 44. This loss comes only 5 months after the NPR family lost newscast
editor Brenda Box, also to cancer.
A powerful force for diverse public media, Ms. Walker was a long-time
member of NABJ and committed to mentoring young aspiring journalists of
color. The loss will be felt deeply by NABJ and by the students who have
benefitted from her strength and passion over her many years of service
to the organization.
"Our condolences go out to NPR," said NABJ President Bob Butler. "I
first met Teshima Walker when I joined NABJ's student projects in 2002.
When she became the executive producer for Tell Me More, she insisted
that I go on with Michel Martin frequently during the trial of those
responsible for killing Chauncey Bailey. She was an outstanding woman
who knew her way around radio and could always be counted on to greet
you with a big smile."
Ms. Walker was the executive producer of Tell Me More with Michel
Martin. Prior to her appointment in 2011, Walker served as the show's
supervising senior producer for three years. Her first position at was
as a journalism fellow at All Things Considered. Later she spent three
years as a show producer, first for The Tavis Smiley Show and then News
and Notes working with the show's host, Ed Gordon, and later Farai
Prior to working at NPR, Walker served as a senior producer for the
WBEZ/Chicago Public Radio's Eight Forty-Eight, a daily morning drive
program focusing on news, views, people and culture. She was also the
recipient of the 1999 Peter Lisagor Award for Exemplary Journalism.
NABJ offers its sincerest condolences to Ms. Walker’s family, friends and colleagues.
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. For more information, please visit www.nabj.org.