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Concern Over Release of Black Cleveland News Anchors

Monday, August 7, 2017  
Posted by: Brittani Butler
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Monday, August 07, 2017



Mr. Fred D’Ambrosi

News Director Cleveland 19 News

1717 East 12th Street

Cleveland, OH  44114


Dear Mr. D'Ambrosi,


This letter is to voice concern over the recent release of Anchor/Reporter Tia Ewing and Multi-Media Journalist Shanice Dunning.  They are both valued members of Greater Cleveland Association of Black Journalists.   We are very disappointed and dismayed that Cleveland 19 News has decided to release them from employment.


We understand and appreciate the competitive nature of the news industry.  There is a definite need to maintain qualified, engaging staff but we encourage you to remain vigilant about the faces this largely Black city sees.


In our April meeting your frank discussion about the need for diversity was real and greatly appreciated by our membership.  Eliminating minority faces and voices from the newsroom will only further disenfranchise a larger portion of the community you serve.  The buzz on our end has been constant and loud.  Reducing minority input from the newsroom excludes a portion of the community that depends on mainstream media to provide fair, accurate and inclusive news. 


We hope that Cleveland 19 News and Raycom Media will recommit to this important ideal and work with the National Association of Black Journalists and our local chapter GCABJ to replace these two experienced journalists with other Black journalists. 


Our national president and regional director are aware of these changes and together we all stand ready to help identify qualified replacements. 





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