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NABJ Founding Executive Director honored by the National Black Public Relations Society (NBPRS)

Tuesday, October 15, 2013   (0 Comments)
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Paul Brock
NABJ Founder

 

NABJ Founding Executive Director honored by the National Black Public Relations Society (NBPRS)

WASHINGTON, DC (October 15, 2013) – The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) congratulates NABJ Founding Executive Director, Paul H. Brock, on receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Black Public Relations Society (NBPRS). Brock was honored at the NBPRS 2013 Convention & Career Fair in Atlanta, Georgia on October 4, 2013.

In 1983, Brock served as the first President of the Los Angeles-based organization from which the National Black Public Relations Society was formed. Since the National organization’s founding in 1987, the NBPRS has served as an advocate for African-American professionals in public relations, media relations, corporate communications, investor relations, government affairs, community relations and related fields. NBPRS has 10 regional chapters across the country and offers peer-to-peer support, mentorship, networking, job opportunities, internships, and career advancement strategies for communications professionals.

Paul Brock was a reporter with the CBS affiliate radio and TV station in the Virgin Islands from 1962 until 1965.  He then moved to New York to work part-time at several Westinghouse stations, including the all-news WINS.  From 1968 until 1970 he served as News Director for WETA-FM, and was a finalist for an NPR start-up network news show that was to be called "All Things Considered.”  After missing his chance at NPR, Brock in 1970 moved on to another start-up position as news director at Howard University’s WHUR-FM.  During that tenure Brock launched a 1-hour evening news segment that eventually was stretched to three hours when he left in 1973. 

In 1974, Brock left his journalistic career to serve as Deputy Director of Communications for the Democratic National Committee until 1976.  Following the successful election of Jimmy Carter and the successful founding of the National Association of Black Journalists on December 12, 1975, Brock once again accepted a large journalistic challenge when he was brought in as Vice President of Mutual Black Network – now American Urban Radio News. 

Although from 1970 until 1973 Brock served as News Director at WHUR, he also continued a weekly show for WETA-FM called "The Potters House Series.”  This was a local program broadcast from a popular coffee shop on Columbia Road in Washington, DC. , and it ran through most of 1975.   During that period Brock also did a nationally syndicated radio show called "Black Voices,” which allowed him to feature politically oriented interviews with elected officials from around the nation.  This unique access also allowed Brock and several local journalists to form a monthly luncheon in which they could freely question black elected officials whenever they were in DC.  The group was called The Washington Association of Black Journalists. 

That connection, along with the relationship the Washington group had with the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists eventually led to the historic founding of the National Association of Black Journalists in December of 1975. Brock played a pivotal role in bringing together the 44 men and women who would found the organization.  Legendary journalist and NABJ Founding President, Chuck Stone, once described Brock as the "Henry Kissinger of black journalists” because of his outstanding talent at organizing. 

Brock served as executive director of NABJ for almost a decade before leaving to become the campaign communications manager for Jesse Jackson’s presidential campaign at the 1984 Democratic National Convention in San Francisco.  Today, Brock continues to assist NABJ as a consultant. 

NABJ congratulates Paul Brock for his lifelong service to media professionals of color across the country.

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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.


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