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NABJ launches search for new executive director

Monday, December 14, 2009   (0 Comments)
Posted by: kathy times
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Dear NABJ Member,

I am writing this letter to inform you that after more than three years of service, Karen Wynn Freeman has resigned as Executive Director of the National Association of Black Journalists.  We wish her well in her future endeavors.

Freeman's career highlights include helping to revitalize the national organization and strengthen ties with members, supporters, and sponsors. In the interim, she will be working with media consultant, Drew Berry, to close existing business and retain partnerships.

Berry is assisting in the management of the national office and will also assist us in our search for a new executive director. Berry is a former NABJ Finance Committee Chairman with more than 30 years of experience in journalism and media management. He has served on a variety of boards and worked as a television station general manager, news director, executive producer, reporter and photojournalist. His consulting work has earned him respect in the journalism field and a Congressional Achievement Award for Business Achievement.

NABJ is opening its search for a new full-time Executive Director.  The search committee is being led by Condace Pressley, former NABJ President and Assistant Program Director of News/talk 750 WSB (Atlanta). 

The new director will be pivotal in working with the Board of Directors as NABJ works through these difficult times with renewed emphasis on fundraising, entrepreneurial journalism, and professional development.

I have been proud to witness countless dedicated members working to strengthen NABJ's legacy as the organization most committed to the careers of black journalists worldwide.

This has been especially important during our country's historic economic turmoil and the ongoing news of our colleagues forced to leave our industry. I will schedule a Web town hall meeting soon to give you a status report on NABJ's finances and other developments.

Your support is needed and appreciated.

Yours in Service,

Kathy Y. Times
President

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