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Eversley, AlFadl Miranda to Serve as Program Co-Chairs for 2016 NABJ-NAHJ Convention

Tuesday, November 17, 2015   (0 Comments)
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WASHINGTON (Nov. 17, 2015) - The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) have named Melanie Eversley and Azhar AlFadl Miranda as Program Committee Co-chairs of the 2016 joint convention in Washington, D.C.

The event will be held at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel from Aug. 3-7, 2016.

"Azhar is not only a leader of our DC chapter, but she is a millennial journalist versed in today's media landscape,” said Mekahlo Medina, NAHJ President. “She'll bring that perspective and an eye on the future to the programming committee."

NABJ and NAHJ expect 4,000 or more journalists to attend the convention. The panels and workshops will play a primary role with ensuring attendees leave the convention experience with innovative resources to take back to their newsrooms.

"I am delighted that Melanie has agreed to be the co-chair of the Program Committee for our joint convention with NAHJ. She has been involved with NABJ's Program Committee since our 2012 convention in New Orleans," said NABJ President Sarah Glover. "Her strong organizational skills and leadership will be a welcomed addition to our convention team, and I am confident she will work well with Azhar to provide our membership with the workshops they need to stay relevant in their newsrooms."

Eversley is a reporter on USA TODAY's Breaking News desk and one of the bloggers for On Deadline. She is a 25-year journalism veteran with a strong expertise in civil rights and politics. She has worked at four major newspapers, a New York City television station and won various journalism awards. She is an Ethel Payne Fellow, a Paul Miller Fellow, an Investigative Reporters and Editors Fellow, and the recipient of the Garden State Association of Black Journalists Annual Award, as well as the N.J. Associated Press Managing Editors Annual Award.

Azhar AlFadl Miranda works on TV and radio projects as a communications coordinator for The Washington Post. Before joining The Post, she worked at Al Jazeera English. She is an alumna of the George Washington University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She is currently the Events Chair of NAHJ-DC. Azhar is of Puerto Rican and Saudi Arabian heritage and is a proud native of Washington, D.C.

"I thank NABJ President Sarah Glover for naming me co-chair of the Program Committee for our joint convention with NAHJ. Azhar and I will work together to ensure that we offer stellar workshops that will provide the training and tools our members need to stay competitive in our rapidly changing industry," said Eversley. "I look forward to working with convention co-chairs Elise Durham and Hugo Balta to make this the must-attend journalism event in 2016.”

The convention will feature comprehensive journalism training, specialty programming, national newsmakers and the largest journalism career fair in the country next year.

The summer 2016 conference will be the fifth convention for NABJ in Washington, and the fourth for NAHJ.

“I am very excited about this opportunity to lead programming for the convention. I got my start in the industry by attending NAHJ panels and workshops, so I’d like to pay it forward. I’m also thrilled to welcome NAHJ and NABJ members to my hometown,” AlFadl Miranda said.

About The National Association of Black Journalists:

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 additional information, please visit

About The National Association of Hispanic Journalists:

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists is dedicated to the recognition and professional advancements of Hispanics in the news industry. Established in April 1984, NAHJ created a national voice and unified vision for all Hispanic journalists.  For additional information, please visit


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