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NABJ Mourns the Loss of NPR Executive Producer Teshima Walker Izrael

Monday, August 19, 2013   (0 Comments)
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NABJ Mourns the Loss of NPR Executive Producer Teshima Walker Izrael

WASHINGTON, DC (August 19, 2013) – The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) mourns the loss of NPR executive producer Teshima Walker Izrael on Friday after a two-year battle with colon cancer. She was 44. This loss comes only 5 months after the NPR family lost newscast editor Brenda Box, also to cancer.

A powerful force for diverse public media, Ms. Walker was a long-time member of NABJ and committed to mentoring young aspiring journalists of color. The loss will be felt deeply by NABJ and by the students who have benefitted from her strength and passion over her many years of service to the organization.

"Our condolences go out to NPR," said NABJ President Bob Butler. "I first met Teshima Walker when I joined NABJ's student projects in 2002. When she became the executive producer for Tell Me More, she insisted that I go on with Michel Martin frequently during the trial of those responsible for killing Chauncey Bailey. She was an outstanding woman who knew her way around radio and could always be counted on to greet you with a big smile."

Ms. Walker was the executive producer of Tell Me More with Michel Martin. Prior to her appointment in 2011, Walker served as the show's supervising senior producer for three years. Her first position at was as a journalism fellow at All Things Considered. Later she spent three years as a show producer, first for The Tavis Smiley Show and then News and Notes working with the show's host, Ed Gordon, and later Farai Chideya.

Prior to working at NPR, Walker served as a senior producer for the WBEZ/Chicago Public Radio's Eight Forty-Eight, a daily morning drive program focusing on news, views, people and culture. She was also the recipient of the 1999 Peter Lisagor Award for Exemplary Journalism.

NABJ offers its sincerest condolences to Ms. Walker’s family, friends and colleagues.


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. For more information, please visit

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