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ESPN star Jemele Hill, legendary Detroit journalist Rochelle Riley named #NABJ18 honorary co-chairs

Wednesday, March 21, 2018   (0 Comments)
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Renowned ESPN star Jemele Hill and legendary Detroit journalist Rochelle Riley to serve as #NABJ18 honorary co-chairs
The pair will lead a stellar Honorary Host Committee of some of Detroit's
best, brightest and strongest leaders in business, government, culture and music.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 21, 2018) -- The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is proud to announce the honorary co-chairs for the 2018 NABJ National Convention and Career Fair. The Undefeated's Jemele Hill and Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley will lead a Host Committee in welcoming more than 3,000 journalists, media professionals and students to this year's convention in the "Comeback City."
The convention is Aug. 1-5. Its theme is: "NABJ18: Driving Journalism, Technology & Trust."
Both honorary co-chairs have deep ties to Detroit and a long history with NABJ. Since 2000, Riley, winner of the 2017 Ida B. Wells Award and the 2017 SPJ Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship, has been a leading voice in Detroit for honest, competent government, better lives for children and improved race relations.  She is well-regarded for her attention to issues involving official accountability, particularly with regards to the poisoning of water in Flint and the testing of lost rape kits in Detroit. She was a 2007-2008 Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan, where she studied online communities and film. She was inducted into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame in 2016.
Hill, a Detroit native, is a senior correspondent and columnist for ESPN's The Undefeated, after her work as co-host of ESPN's flagship SportsCenter, (SC6). She previously was a columnist for's Page 2 and formerly hosted ESPN's His and Hers. After stints at the Detroit Free Press and the Orlando Sentinel, the internationally known sports commentator joined ESPN as a national columnist for and gradually began making appearances on television, including SportsCenter, First Take, Around the Horn, The Sports Reporters and Outside the Lines.
"I've been a member of NABJ since 1992, which was the same year NABJ was in Detroit," Hill said. "I'm delighted that Detroit is going to be the showcase for an amazing group of journalists and thought leaders. Detroit is a crown jewel and it's an appropriate setting for some of the finest journalists in the country."
At Hill's first convention there were several high points, including an appearance by presidential candidate Gov. Bill Clinton. This year's convention is expected to be equally exciting and impactful.
Riley added, "We can't wait for our colleagues from around the world to see what the real Detroit looks and feels like. We are still the Arsenal of Democracy, but our weapons now are truth and technology."
NABJ President Sarah Glover expressed excitement over the choice of Detroit as a convention site and having Hill and Riley as honorary co-chairs.
"Jemele and Rochelle are two of NABJs best and brightest, and we're honored to have them and their great team as the host committee," she said. "Detroit is a great city. We have a strong base within our membership and the stellar media organizations there. We're looking forward to #NABJ18 being one of our best conventions ever as we focus on technology and restoring trust in an industry that has been under constant assault!"
Registration for the #NABJ18 Convention is open. Early-bird and chapter discount rates are valid through March 15 and the pre-registration rate is available through June 1. Register here. If you are interested in partner opportunities, please contact NABJ Director of Development Kaylan Somerville.
The #NABJ18 Honorary Host Committee leaders are: 
Kristina Adamski, Vice President, Communications, Nissan North America
Larry Alexander, President, Detroit Visitors and Convention Bureau
Dennis Archer Sr., former Mayor of Detroit
Marvin Beatty, Vice President, Greektown Casino
Dave Bing, former Mayor of Detroit
Alicia Boler-Davis, Executive Vice President, General Motors Global Manufacturing
Kiko Davis, Majority Shareholder, First Independence Bank
Mike Duggan, Mayor of Detroit
Dan Gilbert, Founder, Quicken Loans
Christopher Ilitch, President and CEO of Ilitch Holdings, Inc
Florine Mark, President and Chairwoman, The WW Group
Shahida Mausi, President, Right Productions
Juanita Moore, CEO, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
Michael Palese, Manager-Corporate Communications, FCA Corporate Communications
Jimmy Settles, Vice President, UAW-Ford
Matt Simoncini, CEO, Lear Corporation
Robin Terry, President and CEO, Motown Museum
The NABJ Board of Directors is in Detroit this week for its spring board of directors meeting at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center from March 23-25. 
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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

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