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#NABJCongrats - April 2018
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NABJ Leadership and Partners

Dr. Sheila Brooks

Former television journalist and entrepreneur Dr. Sheila Brooks has published her first book entitled “Lucile H. Bluford and the Kansas City Call: Activist Voice for Social Justice.” Brooks is CEO of SRB Communications in Washington, D.C. and previously served on the NABJ board of directors. Brooks is the founder of the NABJ Student Projects; a three-time winner of the NABJ President’s Award; and is a current member of NABJ’s strategic planning implementation committee. 

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Jarrad Henderson

NABJ Visual Task Force Chair

Jarrad Henderson was recently named a 2018-2019 fellow at The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute. During the fellowship, Henderson will develop a digital resource guide offering best practices, ethical considerations and tools for visual journalists bridging the gap between editorial video and documentary filmmaking.

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Rochelle Riley

#NABJ18 Honorary Co-Chair

Detroit Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley received the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Detroit chapter of the Society of of Professional Journalists this month alongside co-honoree former Detroit News assistant managing editor Walter Middlebrook. Riley has previously earned the 2017 Eugene C. Pulliam Editorial Fellowship from the Society of Professional Journalists, and the 2017 Ida B. Wells Award from NABJ.

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Vickie Thomas

Region II Director

Vickie Thomas recently received the Working in the Spirit of Diversity Award from Wayne State University's journalism department. Thomas received the award at the university's annual Spirit of Diversity Reception alongside co-honoree Morris Dees, who is the co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center.


NABJ Members

Dakarai Aarons

Dakarai Aarons recently joined the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative in Palo Alto, CA as manager of education communications. Aarons will help lead communications initiatives about the organization's education priorities. He was previously a communications lead for the national education advocacy group, Data Quality Campaign in Washington, DC. 


Terra Brantley

Emmy nominated news anchor Terra Brantley is being promoted to anchor Northeast Indiana’s top rated 5, 6, and 11 p.m. newscasts alongside Brett Thomas. Terra has been a part of NewsChannel 15 for 25 years, and has been a broadcast journalist for more than 30 years. She is the longest-serving African American news anchor in Indiana.

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Kelton Brooks

Formerly the sports reporter for The Hutchinson News in Kansas, Kelton Brooks has been promoted to sports editor for the news outlet. He recently received a Kansas Press Association First Place Award of Excellence for a Sports Feature story.


Meredith Broussard

Meredith Broussard has published her new book, "Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World." Broussard also recently earned a 2018-2019 fellowship at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute.

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Kerry Charles

WGHP-TV anchor Kerry Charles has been inducted into Morehouse College’s MLK College of Ministers and Laity. The honor goes to ministers and professionals who, in part, use their platform to better the lives of others. “I cannot explain to you how in awe I am to be included in this very special event,” Charles said.

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Adjoa Danso

Adjoa D. Danso recently became CARE USA's Digital Community and Audience Coordinator, making the move from print media to nonprofit communication. Danso was previously an editor and contributor at Creative Loafing Atlanta. In her new role, Danso coordinates engagement, content and strategy for CARE's social media channels.


Ed Easton Jr.

Ed Easton Jr. recently earned an award for Outstanding Podcast Feature or Segment at the 5th annual B Free Awards for his iHeartRadio show “Sports Social with Ed Easton Jr.” Easton also works as a senior media operations coordinator, news producer, and a beat reporter for various sports media outlets including MLB Advanced Media.


Carol Gantt

Carol Gantt recently joined Atlanta's AIB Network as manager of programming and production. Gantt has more than 20 years of experience in broadcast news and has worked for media brands such as truTV and CNN. She is currently the President of Atlanta Association of Black Journalists.


Cherri Gregg

Philadelphia's KYW Newsradio reporter Cherri Gregg is now the host of “Flashpoint,” a new 30-minute program designed to provide a forum for guests and listeners to share their views on relevant local and national news stories of the week. "Flashpoint" airs Saturdays on 1060AM at 9:30 p.m. and Sundays at 8:30 a.m.

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Benjamin I. Holbert III

Benjamin I. Holbert III was recently elected mayor of Woodmere Village, Ohio. As mayor, Holbert envisions civic engagement and revitalization projects for the community. Holbert has a 25-year career in broadcasting as a television reporter and news anchor. Holbert has earned four Emmy awards from his work at WKYC TV-NBC; WOIO-CBS; WUAB-TV; WVIZ-PBS, and WJMO-1490-AM. He is the current parliamentarian for the Greater Cleveland Association of Black Journalists.

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Walter Middlebrook

Former Detroit News assistant managing editor Walter Middlebrook was recently honored by Detroit's chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, receiving the society's 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award alongside co-honoree Detroit Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley.

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Gabrielle Simpson

FCB Global Director of Communications and Public Relations Gabrielle Simpson will receive the Rising Star award from her alma mater, Iona College, on May 12. Simpson will be recognized for her unwavering commitment to excellence and her pursuit of life-long learning.

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Donald Sparks

U.S. Army veteran Donald Sparks was recently awarded the Legion of Merit to conclude his distinguished military career after more than 30 years of service to the nation as a journalist and public affairs specialist. During his career, Sparks garnered more than 25 individual and newspaper staff awards in categories that include photojournalism, feature writing and sports writing.


Misty Starks

Phyllis Bailey

Misty Starks and Phyllis Bailey have produced the television special, "Business of Diversity: Spotlight on Houston," which airs locally in Houston during April. The program includes prominent guests such as Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and representatives from Shell Oil, Houston Community College, Houston First and H-E-B.

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Christina M. Tapper

Christina M. Tapper was recently promoted to managing editor of B/R Mag, the premium storytelling division at Bleacher Report, after serving as deputy managing editor. Tapper was also recently named one of Folio Magazine's Top Women in Media.

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Nikesha E. Williams

Emmy award-winning producer Nikesha E. Williams has published her debut novel "Four Women" which tells the story of a group of Florida women. The group establishes an unexpected bond after tragedy and triumph brings them together and tests them in ways they've never imagined.

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Sidney Wright IV

Sidney Wright IV has been promoted to Senior Producer of CNN Newsroom with Fredricka Whitfield. Wright joined CNN in April 2016 and most recently served as Newsroom's line producer.


Kim Wynne

Kim Wynne recently joined ABC Affiliate WKRN in Nashville where she will be a general assignment reporter. Wynne most recently worked for FOX Affiliate WGHP in High Point where she was a reporter and fill-in anchor.



NABJ Student Members

Chilee Agunanna

Texas Southern University graduating senior Chilee Agunanna recently received the Ted Holtzclaw Award for Excellence for Best Overall Student and Best Photography (Online). Agunanna was one of 30 students that took part in NABJ's 26th Annual Multimedia Short Course at North Carolina A&T University. 


Christopher Edwards II

Christopher Edwards II has joined the Atlanta Mayor's Office of Film and Entertainment as the digital content manager. Edwards will create and distribute original online content that highlights the office's contributions to the success of Atlanta's rapidly expanding film and entertainment industry.


Kayla Tinsley

Hampton University freshman Kayla Tinsley was recently selected to serve as news anchor for WHOV-TV, and as a radio personality for WHOV 88.7. Both stations are official media outlets of Hampton University.


Briana Whatcott

Weber State University graduating senior Briana Whatcott was recently selected for a summer fellowship with The New York Times. Whatcott will attend graduate school at American University in Washington, D.C. in the fall where she'll study journalism and public affairs.



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