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#NABJCongrats - 2018 Monthly List
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Veteran journalist and association leader Alison Bethel McKenzie has been named the 20th executive director of the Society of Professional Journalists. She served for five years as executive director of the International Press Institute, the world's oldest global press freedom organization, in Vienna. She was the first American, first woman and first African American to hold the position since it was founded in 1950. She is also the first African American to serve as SPJ's executive director.
Monica Richardson has been named senior managing editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution , where will oversee the largest part of the newspaper's newsgathering and reporting areas, along with the digital and social media teams. She was previously the AJC's digital managing editor.
Marissa Mitchell has been promoted to anchor/reporter at WAGA-TV, the FOX O&O station based in Atlanta. She previously worked at the station for two years as a multimedia reporter.  
Feven Kay was promoted to weekend morning news anchor at KERO/23ABC News in Bakersfield, Calif. She was previously an MMJ/reporter at the station.
Dr. Djibril Diallo has been appointed president and CEO of the African Renaissance and Diaspora Network, Inc., a New-York based NGO. He currently serves as regional director for West and Central Africa and senior adviser to the executive director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS. He served as co-chair of NABJ's World Affairs Task Force for many years.
John Yearwood, former world editor of the Miami Herald, has been named a 2018 Media Trailblazer by the city of North Miami. The award credited him with being "one of our community's leading arts contributors and influencers." A former NABJ treasurer, he currently serves as president and CEO of Yearwood Media Group and chairman of the International Press Institute in Vienna, Austria.
NABJ-LA has a new board. Tre'vell Anderson, president, a film reporter with the Los Angeles Times; Jarrett Hill, vice president, an award-winning journalist and a producer in residency at Buzzfeed; Kimberlee Buck, secretary, is a staff writer for the Los Angeles Sentinel; Ron Carter, treasurer, is managing director of The Carter Agency, a media relations firm; Kibkabe Araya, board member, is the special projects editor at the Daily Journal; Robert Harrell, board member, is a publicist and freelance journalist; Mannie Holmes, board member, is the events editor at Variety; Marqueeda LaStar, board member, is a correspondent and social curator for; Lois Pitter Bruce, board member, is a senior communications manager at Southern California Edison; Justin Pye, board member, leads editorial for All Def Nation; Ann M. Simmons, board member, is a video journalist for the Los Angeles Times; Arlene Washington, web manager, is a digital editor for Reuters; and Shaquille Woods, board member, works on the assignment desk at KTLA.
Tyrah Majors has published a children's book titled, "Grammy and Me," the story of a young girl spending the day with her grandmother. She will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcast journalism in May from California State University-Fullerton. She currently works in the news department at NBC 7 San Diego.
Keosha Thomas has been promoted to search marketing manager at tire manufacturer Bridgestone. In her new role, she is responsible for managing all of Bridgestone's paid and organic searches.
Congratulations to these NABJ members on reaching new heights in their careers. We wish you continued success!

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Editor - Benét J. Wilson, Owner/Editor, Aviation Queen LLC
Copy Editor - Denise Clay,  Independent Journalist

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