NABJ Taps Charles F. Robinson, III to Chair 2014 Convention and Career Fair
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Posted by: Veronique Dodson
Charles F. Robinson, III
Boston, MA (October 19, 2013) —The National Association of Black Journalists
(NABJ) President Bob Butler announced that Charles F. Robinson, III will
serve as chair of the 2014 Convention and Career Fair, which is set for
"Charles was a stand-out to serve as convention chairperson because he
has proven to be a servant to NABJ, and has a tremendous heart for our
organization and its mission," said Butler.
Robinson is a Baltimore-based broadcast reporter where since 2001 he has
served Maryland Public Television as a political reporter for State
Circle and as a business correspondent for Your Money and Business. He
also blogs at Charles Black Politics.
Asked about his selection, Robinson said, "I am really excited about the
opportunity to help shape NABJ’s signature event. We've assembled a
great team and will be adding others as we plan the convention.”
Robinson was also NABJ Region II Director (2009-2011), and is former
president of the Association of Black Media Workers (ABMW), the
Baltimore NABJ Chapter, from 2001 to 2004.
It was also announced that Deirdre Childress Hopkins will provide
direction for convention content as convention programming chair.
Childress Hopkins is Strategic Communications Manager for the
Pennsylvania Convention Center. She is a former features, city desk,
sports and suburban editor at The Philadelphia Inquirer and The
Washington Post. Also, Childress Hopkins was Vice President-Print
(2009-2011) and is a former National Secretary.
NABJ’s 39th convention is scheduled for July 30 through August 3 at the
John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center where attendees will
converge under the theme Revolution to Evolution: Shaping Our Future.
Boston Convention and Programming committee members lend a diverse mix
of experience and skill sets, which balance continuity with fresh
insights. They are:
Chair: Charles Robinson, Reporter, Maryland Public Television
Vice-Chair: Rod Hicks, East Desk Editor, Associated Press
Deputy Chair: Zeninjor Enwemeka, News Producer, Boston.com
Deputy Chair: Zuri Berry, Sports Producer and Writer, Boston.com
Chair: Deirdre Childress Hopkins, Strategic Communications Manager, Pennsylvania Convention Center
Vice-Chair: Melanie Eversley, Reporter/Blogger, USA Today
Deputy Chair: Brittany Geneva Cummings, Producer, Al Jazeera TV
Deputy Chair: Ken Lemon, Reporter, WSOC-TV, Charlotte; President, Charlotte Association of Black Journalists
Additional committee members and the 2014 honorary chair will be named in coming weeks.
"We were very intentional about assembling a Convention team with strong
representation from our Boston members. Their participation will
provide on-the-ground reinforcement as we continue to plan and shape
programming,” Butler said.
Registration is open for NABJ's 39th Convention and Career Fair.
Pricing, deadline and hotel information is available at nabj.org. Follow
Twitter for updates: @NABJ @NABJRegion1 #NABJ14.
Butler said, "We are excited to convene in Boston for the first time.
The convention and programming committees, and myself intend to make
this the best convention ever.”
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.