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The Elections Committee is pleased to announce the list of certified candidates for the 2017-2019 Board of Directors: 



Cheryl Smith
I Messenger News Group
Dallas, TX



Cheryl Smith is the Publisher-Editor for I Messenger News Group (Texas Metro News, Garland Journal and I Messenger). She’s an adjunct professor for Dallas County Community College District and founder of a non-profit organization that raises scholarship funds.



1980 Undergraduate – Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL. B.S. in Journalism. 1986 Amberton University, Dallas, TX. Human Relations and Business. A recipient of several fellowships, Smith has also participated in numerous board trainings and received Board Service Certification from United Way.



Smith’s first job was at the Capital Outlook. She moved to Dallas and worked for several publications before settling in as editor and later columnist for The Dallas Weekly. Her works continue to appear in NNPA member publications, reaching over 200 newspapers across the country. She also has contributed to other publications, blogs and books. Smith worked as a producer/talk show host for KKDA-AM in Dallas, TX from 1990-2012 and taught journalism for 12 years at Paul Quinn College, Texas Woman’s University and the University of North Texas.


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Smith is a three-time recipient of the Black Press’ highest award. She has also won the prestigious Barry Bingham Sr. Award from the Association of Opinion Journalists Foundation for her work with aspiring journalists. The president of the Dallas-Fort Worth Association of Black Journalists is also the director of the Urban Journalism Workshop. A member of business, journalism and community organizations, she is featured in The HistoryMakers and was names State Editor by the Texas Senate. Other board service includes UNCF, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, FAMU Alumni, Black College Alumni Assoc. Irving Cares (United Way).



I joined NABJ as a student at Florida A&M University in 1978 because I realized the importance of the organization. My first office in NABJ was secretary of the Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter. I have spent the last three decades working to make NABJ, its members and our industry stronger. Through service on committees and as an NABJ regional director, securing fellowships, working with future journalists and being involved in other organizations; I have dealt with many of the issues effecting he industry. I also have the institutional memory and board service training that is an asset to NABJ.




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