NABJ President Sarah Glover Awards Elise Durham with 2016 President's Award
Saturday, August 6, 2016
Posted by: Aprill Turner
WASHINGTON, D.C. (AUG.6, 2016) -- National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) President Sarah Glover has awarded Elise Durham, the association's President's Award. The award is given annually to a member or members who have made outstanding contributions to the organization.
“Elise is a first-class professional who has over time established herself as a gifted communications professional and an attentive event manager,” said Glover. “We are fortunate that this year she assisted with logistics for the Presidential Candidate’s Forum with Secretary Hillary Clinton and produced the NABJ Founders Reception at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. She also was the creative mind behind our new feature in the career fair, the Innovation Bubble”
Durham had earlier been selected to serve as NABJ’s 2016 Convention Chair but stepped aside due to the sudden and unexpected losses of both her father, and older brother.
“It is truly a testament to her love of this organization that Elise still found a way to contribute to the success of this year’s convention. We are grateful for her continued service to our organization and for all that she has done to inspire, motivate, and encourage us the members of her chosen family, because as we know NABJ is truly family.”
A committed long-time member of NABJ, Durham served as Program Chair and Convention Chair for two consecutive national conventions in Tampa, Florida, and San Diego, California, where she earned rave reviews for her skill in planning and executing events.
Durham is currently the assistant vice president for communications, marketing and media relations at Florida A&M University (FAMU), her alma mater. Prior to her work in higher education she spent nearly 15 years as a television news producer during which time she earned numerous awards including two Emmy® awards and five Telly® awards.
Durham was presented the award at the convention's Salute to Excellence Awards Gala Saturday night.
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.