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Warren Bell and Michelle Miller to Serve As Honorary #NABJ17 Co-Chairs

Friday, March 31, 2017  
Posted by: Veronique Dodson
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Legendary New Orleans Journalist Warren Bell and CBS Correspondent
Michelle Miller to Serve As Honorary #NABJ17 Co-Chairs

 

New Orleans business and community leaders serve as local corporate partners for the
2017 National Association of Black Journalists Convention

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 31, 2017) - The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) announced today a team of dedicated professionals will serve as honorary co-chairs and corporate partners for the 2017 NABJ Annual Convention and Career Fair. The convention is scheduled for  Aug. 9-13 in New Orleans, Louisiana. More than 3,000 journalists, media professionals and students are expected to attend this year's "Power Up and Break Through" gathering.
 
Both honorary co-chairs -- Warren Bell and Michelle Miller -- have deep ties to New Orleans and a long history with NABJ.
 
"We are thrilled to have the support and engagement of so many amazing African American professionals with distinct ties to the New Orleans," NABJ President Sarah Glover said. "Our time is now to propel NABJ to new heights. There will be many breakthrough and memorable moments at this year's convention, propelled by the dedication of this dynamic team."
 
Bell, a local news legend and scholar, attended his first NABJ convention in 1982 and is a founding member of the New Orleans Association of Black Journalists (NOABJ). He also served as a regional director on the NABJ board and was co-chair of the 1983 convention in New Orleans. He is the recipient of the NOABJ Lifetime Achievement Award.
 
"I am thrilled to have the chance to serve my beloved NABJ once again as its 2017 honorary convention co-chair," Bell said.
 
Miller is a correspondent for CBS News and has served as a substitute anchor on "The CBS Evening News" weekend editions and CBS News "Up to the Minute." From 1994 to 2003, Miller lived in New Orleans and worked as a reporter and anchor for WWL-TV, the CBS affiliate. She is a past  recipient of an NABJ Salute to Excellence Award.
 
"For many of us, NABJ is the connection to our professional pathway. It gave us knowledge, strength and courage to get to the next job, through the next story, or past the next challenge," said Miller, who is the wife of former New Orleans Mayor Marc Morial.
 
"I was told I wouldn't make it. I was discouraged. I was blocked. I made mistakes. But being connected through NABJ, I got up. I climbed out. I moved forward. I'm still climbing, still sharing, still learning. That is why NABJ remains relevant and why I'm proud to serve on the convention planning team."
 
NABJ is fortunate to have the support of four New Orleans business and community leaders to anchor the local corporate partners committee: Tod Smith, president,and general manager, WWL-TV/TEGNA; Demetric Mercadel, senior public affairs customer service specialist, Entergy New Orleans; Cheryl Teamer, senior vice president,  New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau; chair, The Greater New Orleans Foundation; chair New Orleans Aviation Board; and Jimmie Woods, CEO and co-founder, Metro Service Group.
 
NABJ will be in New Orleans next month to cultivate outreach in "The Big Easy" and underscore and cultivate the association's diversity efforts. The spring NABJ board of directors meeting takes place April 7-9 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside hotel.
 
Companies seeking more information about how to partner with NABJ at the conference and professionals interested in registering, please visit: www.nabjconvention.com.

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