NABJ Congratulates Member Janelle Richards On Her Promotion At NBC News
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Posted by: Aprill Turner
WASHINGTON. (July 21, 2015) - The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) congratulates member Janelle Richards on her promotion to producer at NBC News.
“Janelle is a talented and conscientious producer, she has steadily risen through the ranks, and we couldn’t be more proud,” said NABJ President Bob Butler. “She is an excellent example for young people who want to produce at the network level.”
Over the course of the last five years Richards has worked in positions of increasing responsibility at the network. Currently assigned to “NBC Nightly News,” Richards produces stories for the weekday and weekend editions of the broadcast. She was previously both a researcher and an associate producer at the show.
Recently she has worked on stories from a variety of datelines including Charleston, South Carolina following the tragic shooting at Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, from Baltimore, Maryland in the wake of the riots sparked by the death of Freddie Gray, and from Selma, Alabama as the nation marked the 50th anniversary of the marches from Selma to Montgomery.
For her work on feature stories she has been nominated for an NABJ Salute to Excellence Award. In 2014 was selected by the International Center for Journalists as a Bringing Home the World Fellow, which allowed her to travel to Ghana to produce a multimedia digital story which documented how cocoa beans farmed in West Africa help produce the chocolate that Americans consume.
She began her professional career as part of NBC’s highly regarded News Associates program, a talent development program designed to create a pipeline of network level producers from diverse backgrounds. During that time she was assigned to “Nightly News” the weekend edition of “The Today Show” and TheGrio.com.
Richards also served as an intern at NABJ’s national office in the summer of 2009 and assisted with programming and events at the national convention in Tampa.
She earned her undergraduate degree in English from Spelman College and a graduate degree in Broadcast Journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
NABJ wishes Ms. Richards much success in his new role.
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.