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NABJ Taps Charles F. Robinson, III to Chair 2014 Convention and Career Fair

Saturday, October 19, 2013   (0 Comments)
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Charles F. Robinson, III

Boston, MA (October 19, 2013) —The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) President Bob Butler announced that Charles F. Robinson, III will serve as chair of the 2014 Convention and Career Fair, which is set for Boston.

"Charles was a stand-out to serve as convention chairperson because he has proven to be a servant to NABJ, and has a tremendous heart for our organization and its mission," said Butler.

Robinson is a Baltimore-based broadcast reporter where since 2001 he has served Maryland Public Television as a political reporter for State Circle and as a business correspondent for Your Money and Business. He also blogs at Charles Black Politics.

Asked about his selection, Robinson said, "I am really excited about the opportunity to help shape NABJ’s signature event. We've assembled a great team and will be adding others as we plan the convention.”

Robinson was also NABJ Region II Director (2009-2011), and is former president of the Association of Black Media Workers (ABMW), the Baltimore NABJ Chapter, from 2001 to 2004.

It was also announced that Deirdre Childress Hopkins will provide direction for convention content as convention programming chair. Childress Hopkins is Strategic Communications Manager for the Pennsylvania Convention Center. She is a former features, city desk, sports and suburban editor at The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Washington Post. Also, Childress Hopkins was Vice President-Print (2009-2011) and is a former National Secretary.

NABJ’s 39th convention is scheduled for July 30 through August 3 at the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center where attendees will converge under the theme Revolution to Evolution: Shaping Our Future.

Boston Convention and Programming committee members lend a diverse mix of experience and skill sets, which balance continuity with fresh insights. They are:

Convention Committee:
Chair:                Charles Robinson, Reporter, Maryland Public Television
Vice-Chair:        Rod Hicks, East Desk Editor, Associated Press               
Deputy Chair:    Zeninjor Enwemeka, News Producer,
Deputy Chair:    Zuri Berry, Sports Producer and Writer,

Programming Committee:
Chair:                  Deirdre Childress Hopkins, Strategic Communications Manager, Pennsylvania Convention Center
Vice-Chair:         Melanie Eversley, Reporter/Blogger, USA Today
Deputy Chair:     Brittany Geneva Cummings, Producer, Al Jazeera TV
Deputy Chair:     Ken Lemon, Reporter, WSOC-TV, Charlotte; President, Charlotte Association of Black Journalists

Additional committee members and the 2014 honorary chair will be named in coming weeks.

"We were very intentional about assembling a Convention team with strong representation from our Boston members. Their participation will provide on-the-ground reinforcement as we continue to plan and shape programming,” Butler said.

Registration is open for NABJ's 39th Convention and Career Fair. Pricing, deadline and hotel information is available at Follow Twitter for updates: @NABJ @NABJRegion1 #NABJ14.
Butler said, "We are excited to convene in Boston for the first time. The convention and programming committees, and myself intend to make this the best convention ever.”

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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