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NABJ Members Kelley L. Carter and Darren Sands to Join BuzzFeed

Saturday, September 13, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Aprill Turner
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WASHINGTON (September 13, 2014)—The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) congratulates NABJ members Kelley L. Carter and Darren Sands on their new positions at BuzzFeed, the social news and entertainment company, which specializes in publishing: shareable breaking news, original reporting, entertainment stories and interesting and compelling video across digital platforms.

Carter will join BuzzFeed as a senior editor for BuzzFeed Entertainment. She is leaving EBONYMagazine where she serves as the magazine’s Entertainment Editor. Previously she was a Celebrity Reporter for USA Today, an Entertainment Reporter for The Chicago Tribune, and a Music Critic and Columnist for The Detroit Free Press. As a freelance journalist Carter contributed to ESPN, MTV News, as well as Essence, JET, Uptown, Heart & Soul, Complex, andVibe Magazines. She has appeared as a commentator on E!, HLN, CNN, Fox News, TV One, and The TV Guide Channel. While at The Free Press Carter won a national Emmy for an online documentary “40 Years of Respect,” which chronicled Aretha Franklin’s career from the time she topped the charts with her song, “Respect.” A longtime member of NABJ Carter serves as Chair of the Association’s Arts and Entertainment Task Force.

“Kelley L. Carter is a skilled reporter who is able to share interesting and insightful information about the people we think we know, and she also endeavors to introduce us to the people we ought to know,” said NABJ President Bob Butler. “As an entertainment reporter and editor Kelley constantly endeavors to show us how our world is impacted by the artists and athletes who we watch perform or play. She shows us how arts, entertainment, and culture affect us throughout society.”

Sands joins BuzzFeed as a politics reporter. Sands will cover politics with an emphasis on the Obama administration it’s legacy building, the formulation of the Obama presidential library, as well as the 2016 presidential election. Sands previously worked as the Sports Business Editor for Black Enterprise where he reported, edited, developed editorial strategies for print and digital, and recruited and managed contributors. Earlier in his career he was a Reporting Fellow at The Village Voice, a sports writer for Newsday, and a Correspondent for The Boston Globe.  Sands was a Donald W. Reynolds Center for Business Journalism Fellow at the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) 2013 conference where he received in depth training. He has also been a Schomburg-Mellon Humanities Fellow where he conducted in depth research at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, New York.

“Darren Sands is a taletned young journalist who has reported on everything from community affairs in the Boston metro, to high school sports, to professional sports, and the world of business. His versatility as a journalist is because Darren knows the power of good storytelling. His ability to reveal certain truths about the characters in his stories will make him an asset in a complex and changing political world.”

“At a time in which the digital world is becoming an even more critical way in which we get our news, I am proud that NABJ members will be key contributors to such a diverse and active company as BuzzFeed.”

NABJ wishes both Ms. Carter and Mr. Sands much success in their new roles.

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.


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