NABJ Mourns The Loss of Member Rhonda Swan
Thursday, December 24, 2015
Posted by: Aprill Turner
WASHINGTON (Dec. 24, 2015)-- The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) mourns the loss of Rhonda Swan, a former Palm Beach Post editorial writer and past president of NABJ's Palm Beach chapter.
Swan, 51, died Wednesday morning in Springfield, Mass., of complications from breast cancer, friends said.
“We are all very saddened to hear about the passing of Rhonda. She was a passionate leader within the organization and an accomplished journalist. She truly left a mark with her smile and generous spirit, and will be missed,” said NABJ President Sarah Glover.
Swan frequently wrote about her bout with cancer and served as inspiration for her readers.
"I refuse to torture myself with coulda woulda shouldas," she wrote in an article for the Post two months ago. "I opted against chemo and radiation after my mastectomy because that was the best choice for me at the time."
An author and award winning journalist, working at The Palm Beach Post, she also worked at The News Journal, The Daily Press, and The Union-News. She has provided political commentary for public television. Additionally, she was a blogger and freelance journalist who penned columns for The South Florida Sun-Sentinel and The Republican in Springfield. Swan earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a minor in psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Her last book, Dancing to the Rhythm of My Soul: A Sister’s Guide for Transforming Madness into Gladness, was a memoir based on Swan’s spiritual journey that also served as a self-help guide for readers. Swan wrote two novels, I Saw Your Profile and Exposed: The Consequences of Truth. She also published a volume of poetry, Speaking My Mind…in Poetic Verse.
Swan leaves three adult children, Amira, Seneca and Stephon; and three grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements were pending.
NABJ extends its sincerest condolences to Ms. Swan's family, and the countless friends within the journalism community who she leaves behind.
*Reports from The Palm Beach Post and The Sun- Sentinel were used to compile this announcement.
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.