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Certified Candidates

The Elections Committee is pleased to announce the list of certified candidates for the 2020-2022 Board of Directors: 

*Listing in Alpha Order





Ernest Owens
Ernest Media Empire, LLC
Philadelphia, PA

Intro/Background: Ernest Owens is an award-winning journalist and CEO of Ernest Media Empire, LLC.

Education: University of Pennsylvania, B.A., Communication (2014); University of Southern California, Master of Communication Management (2021)

Experience: Ernest Owens has used his growing digital platform and influence to champion media diversity and entrepreneurship. He serves on the board of directors of Philadelphia Community Access Media, the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists, and the New Leaders Council Philadelphia. His work has been featured in the New York Times, CNN, NPR, NBC News, BET, and other media outlets. He’s also a member of the Online News Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the Association of LGBTQ Journalists. For his media leadership and entrepreneurship, he was recently named on the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 list.

Related Experience: Ernest Owens has strong involvement within NABJ leadership and the organization’s endeavors. He served as the co-chair of both the NABJ LGBTQ Task Force and the NABJ Black Male Media Project. He served as the chair of the NABJ Media Institute, where he has advised on the NABJ Millennial Media Summit and webinar series. He received the 2017 NABJ Emerging Journalist of the Year. He currently serves as the Vice President of Print for the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists, where he has helped fundraise over $100,000 alongside his executive board members within the first half of their term.

Statement: My passion for NABJ to further advance into the new decade is simple: I will champion more transparency and leadership within our membership for continued growth. What this goal looks like is advocating for more fiscal responsibility and chapter-wide entrepreneurial literacy that prioritizes our budgetary development opportunities. I’ll work to ensure that our active task forces are better equipped with the financial awareness required to make our members more prepared, confident, and competitive for an evolving job market we all face. Improving our membership’s commitment to evolving isn’t an option for me, but a mandate.

Walter Smith-Randolph
General Assignment Reporter
WKRC Local 12 News
Cincinnati, OH

Intro/Background: Walter Smith-Randolph is a reporter and special projects contributor for WKRC Local 12 in Cincinnati. He’s also Vice President of the Greater Cincinnati Association of Black Journalists and co-chair of the Young Journalists Task Force & Millennial Media Summit.

Education: Walter earned a bachelor’s degree in communication from Villanova University and a master’s degree in journalism from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. He also taught journalism at Western Michigan University.

Experience: As co-chair of the Young Journalists Task Force, Walter works to ensure the con-cerns of millennials and Generation Z are addressed at the national level. He co-chaired the Mil-lennial Media Summit, highlighting the contributions of NABJ’s largest membership base and creating a forum for young professionals creating impact. In Cincinnati, Walter helped GCABJ resurrect a dormant chapter and host a successful regional conference. He understands that effective and cohesive leadership combined with an engaged constituency, will allow NABJ to continue to thrive as the journalism industry evolves.

Related Experience: Walter has advanced his journalism career over the past decade earning accolades along the way. He started as a “one-man band" at WENY in Elmira/Ithaca, New York. At Flint, Michigan’s NBC affiliate (WEYI), Walter reported extensively on the Flint Water Crisis, leading to an Emmy nomination. In Kalamazoo/Grand Rapids, Walter was an investigative reporter at the CBS affiliate (WWMT). In Cincinnati, Walter finds lead stories for the station’s 11pm newscast, while also producing special projects and investigations.

Statement: NABJ holds a special place in my heart. Without this organization and the opportuni-ties it’s granted, I’m not sure where I would be in my career. This is why I’m committed to serve this great organization, while maintaining our legacy and ensuring our prosperity. If elected, I’ll be a good steward of NABJ’s finances and resources. I will provide transparency and clarity to our membership and use my investigative background and data proficiency to be financially productive.


Michelle Fitzhugh-Craig
MFC3 Media/shades Magazine - Celebrating All Women of Color
Oakland, CA

Intro/Background: An award-winning journalist, Michelle Fitzhugh-Craig is Founder and Publisher of shades Magazine – Celebrating All Women of Color, as well as the Owner of MFC3 Media, both based in Oakland, California.


Education: Fitzhugh-Craig graduated from Glendale (AZ) Community College in 1996 with an Associate Arts degree in Journalism. In 1998, she graduated from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism, with a Minor in Business.


Experience: Fitzhugh-Craig is an experienced editor, reporter, university instructor and media entrepreneur who has more than 20 years in the print and online journalism arenas. The above also propelled her into the contract PR/Marketing arena, with a strong focus on communications, social media and graphic design.


Fitzhugh-Craig’s recent editorial work includes being a Wordsmith at the Wikimedia Foundation; teaching Digital Graphic Design at ASU’s Cronkite School; serving as Editor-in-Chief of shades Magazine; simultaneously serving as Managing Editor of Oakland Local, News Editor for SF Public Press and City Editor for the Globe Newspapers; and as City Editor at the Oakland Tribune.


Related Experience: Fitzhugh-Craig is a life-long volunteer who has spent more than 30 years serving as a board member with numerous community-based and journalism organizations in Arizona and California. The most recent professional board service includes being Elections Chair, Membership Co-chair, Regional Director and Council of President’s Chair (twice) with the National Association of Black Journalists; President of the Bay Area Black Journalists Association and Arizona Association of Black Journalists; and President of Exceptional Women in Publishing.


Her extensive service has provided her an understanding and working knowledge of Robert’s Rules of Order and experience overseeing all areas of non-profit board responsibility.


Statement: Since joining NABJ in 2000, I have worked diligently to provide advocacy, access and inclusion for black journalists in newsrooms everywhere. My passion for fighting for the “underdog,” took on a new meaning, as I dedicated myself to helping to carry out the NABJ Founders’ mission, through both leadership and non-leadership roles. My experience and knowledge of all aspects of maintaining and growing a nonprofit organization is something I know as well as my “paid jobs,” where in most, I held leadership roles. I believe all the above makes me the ideal candidate to serve as NABJ’s next Parliamentarian.




Tre'vell Anderson
Freelance Multimedia Journalist
Los Angeles, CA

Intro/Background: Tre’vell Anderson is a journalist, social curator and world changer who always comes to slay. An entertainment reporter, film critic and co-host of the podcast FANTI, they are president of NABJLA and co-chair of NABJ’s LGBTQ+ Task Force.


Education: Undergraduate: Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA. 2013; Graduate: Stanford University, Stanford, CA. 2014.


Experience: A member of NABJ since 2013, Tre’vell Anderson got their journalism start at the Los Angeles Times where they created their own beat: diversity in Hollywood with a focus on Black and queer film. After four years at the Los Angeles Times, they went to Out magazine as the LGBTQ+ publication’s first Director of Culture and Entertainment to manage all of its culture and entertainment coverage across print and digital. Since December 2019, Tre’vell has been a freelancer with their work appearing in Essence and Cultured magazines, the Los Angeles Times and Toronto’s Xtra. 


Related Experience: Tre’vell has dedicated their career to centering those on the margins and in grey areas. That work has garnered recognition from NABJ, NLGJA, ONA, the LA Press Club and the Shorty Awards among others. On the local level, Tre’vell’s transformative and meaningful leadership and representation of the Black LGBTQ+ community has been honored by community organizations including Better Brother Los Angeles and Empowerment Congress. Tre’vell has been president of NABJLA for almost four years and is responsible for revamping the chapter and leading it to historic dues-paying membership and establishing signature events.


Statement: Region IV needs a director who is not only interested in seeing it successfully respected by the national organization, but one that’s focused on bringing necessary change to NABJ as well. I’ve spent the last few years doing this as a chapter and Task Force leader and am ready to do so on a larger scale. The West has been treated like we don’t matter, even though two of our cities are part of the top 10 media markets. I want to change this through meaningful programming and intentional interrogation of NABJ policies and procedures not in our best interest.


Dr. Milbert O. Brown, Jr.
Adjunct Faculty in Department of Communication
Washington Adventist University
Takoma Park, MD

Intro/Background: Dr. Milbert O. Brown, Jr. is a faculty member at Washington Adventist University. He specializes in teaching communication theory, photography, and multimedia reporting. Dr. Brown serves as the Academic Representative on the National Association of Black Journalists’ Board of Directors.


Education: The Indiana native graduated from Morgan State University with a Doctorate in Higher Education Leadership. He also earned the Master of Arts degree from Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication and a B.S. in Journalism from Ball State University.


Experience: Since joining NABJ in the late 1980s, Brown has been committed to the organization as a task force leader, and an NABJ Student Project mentor (nine-times). Dr. Brown has a sharing spirit and an undying dedication to helping others succeed. Brown has also taught media courses at Howard University, Loyola University-Chicago, Northwestern University, and Wilberforce University. 


In 2015, Brown was a recipient of an International Center For Journalists (ICFJ) HBCU Faculty Fellowship. As a fellow, he shared ideas with BuzzFeed, ProPublica, and WNYC Radio editors, and helped to create a student pipeline for New York media companies.


Related Experience: During Brown’s distinguished journalistic career, he worked as a photojournalist and picture editor at the Boston Globe and Chicago Tribune. As a contributing Tribune staffer, Brown shared the Pulitzer Prize in Journalism for Explanatory Reporting in 2001.


He gained international reporting experience during his coverage of South Africa’s free election and the inauguration of Nelson Mandela. Brown also received the 2005 United Nations Overseas Reporting Fellowship to cover Liberia’s elections sponsored by NABJ, the Knight Foundation, and the UN. 


His community service work includes serving as the International Editor for The Oracle Magazine, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity’s official membership publication.


Statement: “I have had the honor of capturing the historical and cultural tapestry of Black communities using my gifts as an editor, photojournalist, and writer. It has been these experiences that have prepared me to best serve now simply as a teacher. 


I believe that the most dynamic educators understand the art of conceptualizing a vision and translating that vision in a way that inspires students. Great instructors should not allow the reality of today to impede what can be accomplished through student collaboration, creativity, and hard work tomorrow.”

Jarrad Henderson
Adjunct Professor
Georgetown University
Washington, DC

Intro/Background: Jarrad Henderson is an Emmy-award winning Senior Producer on USA Today’s Investigative team. A former NABJ baby who is respected for his storytelling passion, Jarrad makes a difference as a Georgetown University professor and Chair of the Visual Task Force.

Education: Thurgood Marshall Scholar at the University of Missouri-Columbia, earning a Master of Art degree in Journalism, 2014. Bachelor of Fine Art degree in Photography, Arizona State University, 2008.

Experience: Jarrad Henderson’s dedication for education is evidenced as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, a judge for the Hearst Journalism Awards for young journalists, and as a 2018 Fellow with the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute. Also, his work with the Urban Health Media Project which teaches students in the Baltimore and D.C. areas how to report on health disparities in their neighborhoods, reflects his servant leader attitude and is another example of his ability to teach, mentor and advocate for the next generation of journalists.

Related Experience: Henderson began his NABJ experience in 2008 as a student in the NABJ multimedia projects. His love for NABJ was fostered through the Visual Task Force, the multimedia storytelling branch of NABJ. He became vice-chair of the task force in 2016 and chair in 2018. He’s been a staple of regional and national convention programming, arming the next generation of journalists with new multimedia tools and techniques. An effective and skilled communicator, Jarrad champions newsroom integrity, and cultivates young journalists by helping them find their voices in the newsroom. He is an ambassador for our organization and our young members.

Statement: I believe that our beloved NABJ is capable of being the premiere resource to our young journalists. As your academic representative, I will be an ally to our associate members, amplifying our voice within NABJ leadership ranks, working with you to provide incredible mentorship, scholarship and internship opportunities. Transparency and accessibility are at the forefront of our platform. As a millennial with more than 10 years of newsroom experience, I pledge to uphold the high standards of this organization and build bridges that our young members can cross indefinitely.

Russell Motley
Florida Memorial University
Miami Gardens, FL

Intro/Background: Russell Motley is a broadcast journalism professor at Florida Memorial University, an HBCU in Miami Gardens, Fla.


Education: Undergraduate: B.S., Broadcast Journalism/English, University of Miami, Miami, Fla., 1989; Graduate: M.S., Journalism/Mass Communication, Florida A&M University, 2011; Back in the Newsroom Fellow at USA Today, McLean, Va., sponsored by the International Center for Journalists, Washington, DC, 2015.

Experience: Russell Motley has lectured full-time at Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens, Fla. since 2011. As a professor in the Humanities department, he oversees the broadcast program which prepares students for careers in television journalism, including producers, on-air announcers, photographers and video editors.


Related Experience: Russell Motley has received many honors in his academic career. Florida Memorial University’s Student Government Association named him Professor of the Year, 2015-2016. FMU’s faculty awarded him with the Faculty Service of the Year Award, 2015-2016. Legacy magazine named Motley one of Miami’s Top Black Educators in 2015. The Black Owned Media Alliance named him Best Print Communicator of 2018. Motley is president of NABJ-South Florida, which advises two NABJ student chapters in the area, including at FMU and at the University of Miami.


Statement: I believe my strong background in journalism and academia would make me the ideal candidate for NABJ’s Academic Representative. My career as a TV news anchor/reporter spanned more than 20 years before I transitioned to academia after earning a master’s degree at FAMU’s School of Journalism & Graphic Communication. As the industry evolves, I have a solid understanding of the skills and resources needed for students to enter the job market. It’s important that NABJ work closely with academics to prepare the next generation of journalists who may face obstacles in a shrinking industry that has become more competitive.



*NABJ Constitution, Chapter 2, Article II. Eligibility for Office and Term of Office, Section 4. Vacancies. In the event that a national officer or member of the board of directors does not complete his or her term – or if no one seeks a particular office or seat on the board – the president shall appoint an eligible NABJ member to serve for the remainder of the term.

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