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NABJ congratulates member Bill Whitaker on being named a correspondent for CBS News' 60 Minutes

Friday, March 07, 2014   (0 Comments)
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WASHINGTON, DC (March 7, 2014) The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) congratulates member Bill Whitaker on being named a correspondent for CBS News' "60 Minutes," the highly regarded and groundbreaking newsmagazine.

Whitaker will relocate from Los Angeles to New York and begin contributing to the program this fall. In doing so he will become the third African-American correspondent on the program in a primary or supporting role.  He is a veteran of CBS News having reported on domestic and international news stories from Atlanta to Los Angeles in the U.S., and Afghanistan and Japan abroad, among other places. Whitaker has been based in Los Angeles for 22 years.

"Bill Whitaker is a tremendous journalist who has been able to cover major stories from the OJ Simpson trial, to presidential campaigns, the war in Afghanistan, and one of the current domestic top stories, immigration, on an ongoing basis. I most recently worked alongside Bill at the Nelson Mandela memorial service in Johannesburg," said NABJ President Bob Butler.

"Bill's 30 years of experience at CBS has long prepared him for the opportunity to be a signature reporter on "60 Minutes." Much like his fellow Philadelphian the late great "60 Minutes" correspondent Ed Bradley, Bill is an innate storyteller, a determined journalist, and a consummate professional. This is a well-deserved opportunity and viewers of America's most-watched news program will be well-served."

For his work at CBS Bill Whitaker has been the recipient of numerous NABJ Salute to Excellence Awards.

"We applaud CBS News for recognizing the need to have a talented and diverse group of journalists on all of its programs. Each of the African-American journalists who have reported for CBS "60 Minutes," Ed Bradley, Byron Pitts and now Bill Whitaker, has further advanced the program and the network's goal of incisive and compelling original reporting."

Whitaker graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges with a B.A. degree in American history and from Boston University with a master's degree in African-American studies. Whitaker also attended the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.
 
NABJ wishes Mr. Whitaker much success as he transitions to this new role and assumes a place in television history.

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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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