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Meet NABJ’s New Regional Directors

Thursday, September 15, 2011   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Aprill Turner
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Dear NABJ,

I am pleased to announce the appointments of Regional Directors for Regions I, II, and V. Joining the Board of Directors from Region I, will be Mara Schiavocampo, NBC News Correspondent; Region II, Corey Dade, NPR National Correspondent; and Region V, Mary Benton, Reporter, KPRC-TV (NBC Houston). These three individuals have long track records of dedication and leadership both locally and nationally, and will be great assets to this administration and to the association. Please find more on our new Regional Directors below.


I would also like to extend congratulations to Wesley Lowery, our new student representative after the special run-off election.


The Fall Board of Directors meeting will be in New Orleans, LA, Oct. 6-9, 2011, at the Hilton Riverside. This meeting is open to all members.


Onward and Upward,


greg lee siganture  

Gregory Lee Jr.


National Association of Black Journalists

Region I Director- Mara Schiavocampo

Responsible for the region which covers the east-coast seaboard from Pennsylvania up to Maine.


Emmy Award-winning journalist Mara Schiavocampo is a correspondent for NBC News, filing reports for all platforms, including NBC Nightly News, The TODAY Show, msnbc and A pioneering multi-media journalist, Mara was the first reporter of her kind in network television news, traveling the world producing, shooting, reporting and editing video pieces, blogging and shooting still photos.


While at NBC News, Mara also worked as a Special Correspondent for The Oprah Winfrey Show, filing international reports and appearing as an on-set guest, and as a contributor to "Essence Magazine", writing in-depth feature articles on stories of interest to the African American community.


Mara has served as co-chair of the NABJ Media Institute and as a student member she was a NABJ Student Projects participant as well as a recipient of a NABJ Scholarship.



Region II Director- Corey Dade

Responsible for the states of Delaware, Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.


Corey Dade is a national correspondent at NPR in Washington and has appeared as a news analyst on CNN, Fox News and CNBC. Corey has reported from the front lines of many of the biggest stories over the past decade, including Hurricane Katrina, the 2008 presidential election and the Tiger Woods scandal. He has worked as a reporter at the Miami Herald, Detroit Free Press, Boston Globe and most recently the Wall Street Journal.


He's a past president of the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists, the oldest and one of the largest NABJ chapters. He was president of the Detroit affiliate when it was named the 2001 NABJ Chapter of the Year. Corey has also served on convention committees for NABJ and Unity: Journalists of Color.



Region V Director- Mary Benton

Responsible for the states of Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.


Mary Benton is an award-winning journalist who knows Texas and politics like the back of her hand.


This Texas native was born and raised in Harlingen, in the Rio Grande Valley. Mary received her bachelor degree in journalism from The University of Texas at Austin. While at the university, she took a special interest in her government and political science classes and in the  student government organization on campus. She also kept a watchful eye on the political arena unfolding just down the street from the UT campus at the Texas State Capitol.


Mary is a past recipient of the "School Bell Award" given by the Texas State 
Teachers Association for education reporting.

She has been named Houston's Favorite TV reporter by the Houston Association of 
Black Journalists, Houston's Best Reporter by the Houston Press Newspaper, a Houston YMCA Minority Achiever and in 2011 was selected by Rolling Out Magazine as one of Houston's Top 25 Women.


Mary is the current President of the Houston Association of Black Journalists.



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