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Booker, Buttigieg, Sanders, Weld to Participate in NABJ’s Presidential Candidates Forum in Miami

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Booker, Buttigieg, Sanders, Weld to Participate in NABJ’s
U.S. Presidential Candidates Forum in Miami

More than 3,500 Black Journalists and Media Professionals to Attend 2019 NABJ Convention


WASHINGTON, D.C (July 26, 2019) – The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) has announced the candidates for U.S. President who have accepted an invitation to participate in a special forum during the 2019 NABJ Convention & Career Fair. The event is the largest journalism conference in the nation.
The NABJ Convention will be held from Aug. 7-11 at the J.W. Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa, located in Aventura, Florida. More than 3,500 black journalists, communicators, students and influencers are expected to attend this year’s Convention.
Candidates participating in the forum, in alphabetical order, include:
·U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ)
·South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D)
·U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
·Former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld (R-MA)
The #NABJ19 U.S. Presidential Candidates Forum will be held on Thursday, Aug. 8.
Three of the nation’s foremost black political journalists and analysts will moderate the event.
·Joy-Ann Reid, political analyst for MSNBC and host of “AM Joy”
·Alexi McCammond, political reporter for Axios and NABJ’s 2019 Emerging Journalist of the Year
·Vann Newkirk, politics and policy writer for The Atlantic
The forum will be attended by registered NABJ Convention participants. It will be live-streamed on NABJ’s YouTube and Facebook platforms.
According to NABJ President Sarah Glover, the U.S. Presidential candidates participating in the forum have a chance to share critical information to those most connected to black voters – black journalists. NABJ extended invitations to the top seven polling candidates, based on an average of polls as of July 7, on the Democratic side. The organization also invited President Donald Trump and his announced Republican challenger.


“On behalf of NABJ, I thank 2020 presidential candidates Booker, Buttigieg, Sanders and Weld for answering NABJ’s call to dialogue on the matters that face an increasingly diverse America. Now more than ever, it is important for black people and people of color to understand how the 2020 election will impact our communities,” said NABJ President Sarah Glover. “It is equally important that black journalists have access to presidential candidates to ask the questions and get answers relevant to the communities the journalists serve. NABJ is excited to hear what the candidates who have chosen to participate in our forum have to say on a variety of issues and those of interest to the black community.”


Upon accepting NABJ’s invitation, the participating candidates offered the following statements.
“We are living in a crucial moment in our country’s history, and it’s paramount that the stories we tell include the perspectives of people of color. The National Association of Black Journalists has been steadfast in their mission to do just that, ensuring that journalists of color are given opportunities, are treated fairly in the workplace, and are heard. It’s an honor to be able to address a talented group of journalists who hold those in power accountable and ensure our democracy thrives.”
- Cory Booker
“I’m humbled by the opportunity to address this group of talented journalists who help guide our communities and hold our halls of power to account. Just as Ethel Payne found herself the sole reporter asking about desegregation in the White House briefing room, Black journalists are still too often a lone voice of scrutiny. This gathering is an important opportunity to help change that by growing networks of Black journalists and ensuring that diverse perspectives are covering the stories that impact us all.”
–Pete Buttigieg
“It is both a privilege and an honor to join the largest convening of black journalists at the annual NABJ convention this year. All too often, the interests and needs of Black Americans are underrepresented in mainstream media, and so are your stories. The work that NABJ has done to support the unique and valuable perspectives of Black journalists for more than 40 years is enormously important, and I look forward to a robust discussion about how to support a diverse and truly representative media at this critical moment in American history.”
– Bernie Sanders
“I’m excited about the opportunity to talk with such an amazing gathering of journalists of color. Never before has it been more important for us to engage in a frank discussion of issues of concern to all of us, and specifically, those issues that some politicians are intent on using to divide us. I look forward to speaking, to listening, and to offering a healthy contrast to the hurtful, dangerous rhetoric that has become too common in today’s political dialogue.”
– Bill Weld
To register for the NABJ Convention visit A full schedule of activities can also be found on the website. Media may contact press@nabj.orgfor additional information.
About NABJ


The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is an organization of more than 4,000 journalists, students and media-related professionals that provides quality programs and services to and advocates on behalf of black journalists worldwide. Founded by 44 men and women on December 12, 1975, in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation. For more information, please visit

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