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2018 NABJ Media-Related Representative Revote Election Results

Monday, August 20, 2018  
Posted by: Veronique Dodson
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2018 NABJ Media-Related Representative Revote Election Results

Washington, D.C. (Aug. 20, 2018) -- The National Association of Black Journalists has a new media-related representative.

Longtime NABJ member Terry Allen defeated incumbent Tanzi West Barbour by one vote in a revote, performed after both received the same number of votes during the initial election, which finished on Aug. 3, 2018.

"On behalf of the NABJ board, I congratulate Terry Allen on his win," NABJ President Sarah Glover said Monday. "The board looks forward to his enthusiasm and work as the media-related representative. I also thank Tanzi West Barbour for her board service. She's been a great servant to NABJ and I'm happy that she's agreed to continue to elevate NABJ projects in the realm of education and public relations."

Here's more information from the NABJ Election Committee:

The following are the results of this year's Special Revote Election for the Media Related Representative Race:


Terry Allen, CEO/Executive, 1016 Media/FedEx, Dallas, TX 37 votes

Tanzi West Barbour, Chief Communications Officer, Wayfinder Foundation, Washington, D.C. 36 votes

"After completing our audit process, Votenet Solutions, Inc. hereby certifies that during the course of the event that eBallot was performing optimally, experienced no downtime and never experienced a security lapse," Votenet Operations Manager Steven Castellano wrote. "After checking our multiple results databases for tampering by technicians, Votenet Solutions, Inc. further certifies that the results in both databases match and the online vote was conducted fairly and honestly.

During the NABJ18 Convention in Detroit, the race for Media Related Representative ended in a tie with 31 votes each out of 433 eligible voters. (An earlier candidate, Haniyyah Sharpe-Brown withdrew July 10 from this race.)

The NABJ Board of Directors approved the Special Revote Election, which took place from noon Aug. 13 through noon Aug. 20. The above results are certified and the certification and results were verbally confirmed by Luke Foster with VoteNet to NABJ Election Chairwoman Michelle Fitzhugh-Craig.

"The Elections Committee congratulates both candidates on a hard fought race," Fitzhugh-Craig said. "We are grateful for their passion, commitment and willingness to serve."

Allen immediately joins the 14-seat Board of Directors as the lead representative for NABJ's media-related members, more than 400 of NABJ's nearly 3,800 members.

"I'm honored to be able to take the service I've given NABJ over the past 20 years to the next level," said Allen, whose day job is with FedEx. "I intend to continue serving all of NABJ's members, especially the media-related members, creating successful programming and benefits for the membership."


The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is an organization of African-American journalists, students, and media professionals. Founded in 1975 in Washington, D.C., by 44 journalists, the NABJ's stated purpose is to provide quality programs and services to and advocate on behalf of black journalists. The organization has worked for diversity and to increase the number of minorities in newsrooms across the country. For more information visit

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