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Carol Ash Tapped to Lead 2013 Orlando Convention Efforts

Tuesday, August 28, 2012   (0 Comments)
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         Carol D. Ash                                Benét J. Wilson

Carol Ash Tapped to Lead 2013 Orlando Convention Efforts

Benét J. Wilson to Return as Program Chair


WASHINGTON (August 28, 2012) -- NABJ President Gregory Lee announced that he has selected Carol D. Ash as Convention Chair and Benét J. Wilson will return as Program Chair for the 2013 National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Convention & Career Fair to be held in Orlando, July 31- Aug. 4, 2013.


"After two successful years as Convention Chair, Rod Hicks has decided to step away from his post as Chair. We appreciate all of Rod's hard work and under his leadership, he was able to groom our new leadership team," said NABJ President Gregory Lee Jr. "I know Carol and Benét will ensure convention attendees get all that they expect out of an NABJ Convention,particularly top-notch training and workshops, opportunities to network, and a chance to relax and have a great time. Our convention is in great hands."


Ash served as Special Events Chair of the highly successful 2012 New Orleans Convention & Career Fair this summer. She is Director of the Media/ Communications Department at Kennedy King College in Chicago, and has 15 years of experience in news and has worked at five television stations across the country. 


Ash is a current member of the Chicago Chapter of NABJ and is a committed NABJ member. She served as Deputy Region IV Director, President and Secretary of the Palm Beach Association of Black Journalists, and Scholarship Chair of the Triangle Association of Black Journalists. Nationally she's served as Mentorship Co-Chair, and Executive board member of the Young Journalist Task Force. She has produced a number of NABJ events including local and regional awards and scholarship programs, as well as the Gospel Brunch, the Salute to Excellence Gala, and the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.


"I am truly honored to serve as NABJ's Convention Chair. The 2013 Convention in Orlando is going to be one of the most memorable NABJ conventions to date," said Ash. "We've started planning and are incorporating many of the great ideas and feedback we heard from the New Orleans Convention. From programming to special events, we are thinking creatively in an effort to make sure Orlando will be unique and unforgettable."  


Wilson is a member of the Association of Black Media Workers - Baltimore Chapter and has been a trade journalist for 20 years, covering issues as diverse as aviation, employment and training, welfare reform, economic development and agriculture/agribusiness. She is currently Director of Media Relation for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. She has also spoken at conferences and seminars, consulted with aviation and aerospace companies and written extensively on social media trends.


Wilson is also chair of NABJ's Digital Journalism Task Force, a member of the Online News Association and its Diversity Committee and a member of Black Social Media Professionals.  


"I am delighted to be the 2013 Program Committee chair and working with Convention Chair Carol Ash.  The NABJ Annual Convention and Career Fair has developed a great reputation for providing attendees with the best in journalism and communications programming," said Wilson. "I look forward to working with President Greg Lee, Ash, the NABJ staff and members to raise the bar in Orlando and make the convention an even bigger success."


NABJ expects thousands of journalists, media executives, public relations professionals, and students in attendance to network, participate in professional development sessions and celebrate excellence in journalism. NABJ members will walk away with skills that will increase their relevance in the newsroom.


Ash and Wilson are seeking volunteers and coordinators to assist with convention programs. Ash can be contacted via email,, or facebook:, or @carol_ash on Twitter; Wilson can be contacted via email,, faceboook:, or on Twitter, @benetwilson.


An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization of journalists of color in the nation and provides educational, career development and support to black journalists worldwide. For additional information, please visit

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