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Congratulations to these NABJ members on reaching new heights in their careers. We wish you continued success!

 Issue: Jan. 18, 2018

Damon Phillips has been named the new general manager of NBC Sports Washington. He will oversee the network and its relationships as the official sports network of the NHL's Washington Capitals, the NBA's Washington Wizards, the NFL's Washington Redskins and the Atlantic Coast Conference. He spent the last 10 years at ESPN in a variety of executive positions, including vice president of ESPN3 and WatchESPN.
Lilly Worknehhas been named the first Editor-in-Chief for Blavity and Shadow & Act. She was previously the senior editor of HuffPost Black Voices and was also the lifestyle news editor at Workneh was named one of Forbes magazine's 30 under 30 in the media category in 2017 and was a member of the inaugural class of the Poynter-NABJ Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Media in 2016.
Dion Rabouin will be covering the daily machinations of the financial markets as Yahoo Finance's new markets reporter. In addition to his written and video coverage of finance, he will also do some enterprise reporting. Prior to joining Yahoo Finance, he was with Reuters, where he served as the news agency's sole emerging markets reporter. His coverage included everything from breaking news on investment trends to enterprise stories on emerging economies with a focus on Latin America.
Stephon Dingle has been named morning anchor at WLKY-TV, the CBS affiliate in Louisville, Kentucky. He was previously an Emmy-nominated reporter and anchor at CBS42 News in Birmingham, Alabama.
Keith Bryant has been hired as a news producer at NBC Connecticut based in New Britain. He was previously a news producer at KERO-TV in Bakersfield, Calif. and also interned at other NBC O & O's including Philadelphia, San Jose, and the NBC News Washington D.C., bureau.
Delece Smith-Barrow has been named a senior editor at The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit newsroom that covers innovation and inequality in education. Prior to the Hechinger Report, she was a reporter at U.S. News & World Report and a Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan for the 2016-2017 school year.
Dr. Sheila Brooks was appointed Chair of the Board of Visitors for the School of Global Journalism and Communication at Morgan State University. The board, comprised of distinguished leaders in media and communications, advises and supports the school in its educational, professional and development initiatives.
Alan Sealls has taken over as the 43rd president of the National Weather Association. He is the first black president in NWA's history and is the chief meteorologist at WKRG-TV in Mobile, Alabama.
Terrell Jermaine Starr, a senior reporter at The Root, has received a Pulitzer Center grant to conduct a three-week reporting project in Russia in 2018. He'll cover issues including nuclear weapons policy, far-right political groups and Russian public opinion of President Donald Trump. He is a member of the NABJ Global Journalism Task Force.
Black Press organizations The Philadelphia Tribune, WURD Radio and The Philadelphia Sunday Sun were among the major winners at the 5th annual Philadelphia News Awards, given by The Pen and Pencil Club. The winners were: Breaking News Reporter of 2017, Ryanne Persinger, Philadelphia Tribune; Business Reporter of 2017, Ayana Jones, Philadelphia Tribune; Editor of 2017, Sheila Simmons, formerly of the Philadelphia Tribune; Best Social Media of 2017, Nicki Mayo,Philadelphia Tribune; Best Commentary of 2017, Michael Coard, Philadelphia Tribune; Community Reporter of 2017, Denise Clay, Philadelphia Sunday Sun; Sports Journalist of 2017, Chris Murray, WIP/WURD/others; Freelance Journalist of 2017, Syreeta Martin; and Politics and Government Reporter of 2017, Vincent Thompson, WURD.
The Bay Area Black Journalists Association has elected a new board.President: Willard Ogan, NBC Sports Bay Area assignment manager;Vice President, Broadcast, Christin Ayers, KPIX reporter;Vice President, Multimedia, Davey D. Cook, journalist, professor at San Francisco State University and KPFA radio host; Secretary, Niema Jordan, filmmaker and media consultant; Treasurer, Sarah Allen, online media program manager at; and Parliamentarian, John W. Ellis IV, journalist and PR professional.

Michelle Fitzhugh-Craig was elected as president of the Exceptional Women in Publishing's board of directors. Outgoing board members also voted that shades Magazine - Celebrating All Women of Color, the publication for which Fitzhugh-Craig serves as founder and editor-in-chief, will now manage and oversee all operations of the organization going forward. Fitzhugh-Craig is an active member of NABJ, having served as Region VI Director, chair of NABJ's Council of Presidents, a local chapter president in two states and currently is the organization's Membership Committee co-chair.
Alicia Turner, a reporter and weekend anchor at WCTV in Tallahassee, Florida, has completed her Masters in Integrated Marketing and Communication at Florida State University. She also teaches public speaking at the university.

Caleb Suggs has been accepted into the 2018 Tennessee Association of Broadcasters Radio Talent Institute, part of the system of Radio Talent Institutes across America. The institutes were designed to discover and prepare the next generation of broadcasters. He is a broadcast journalism major and film and video production minor at the University of Memphis.
Robert Jordan has released his new book, "Murder In The News: An Inside Look at How Television Covers Crime." It looks at how newsroom gatekeepers decide which murders to highlight and which ones to ignore. Recently retired from television news, Jordan is the first Journalist-in-Residence at the University of Chicago.
40 UNDER 40
Juan Diasgranados has been chosen as one of the Miami Herald's and Legacy Miami's 40 Under 40 Leaders of Today and Tomorrow for 2017.The honorees were nominated by past honorees and community members and were selected by the publication based on their professional and philanthropic accomplishments. He currently serves as the public affairs manager at Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation, the 8th-largest jail system in the country. He is an active member of the local and national chapter of NABJ and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
Fern Gillespie has written two major arts and entertainment features for the 49th Annual NAACP Image Award Journal, which aired on TV One on Jan. 15. Her first story, "The Image of Martin Luther King in Entertainment," examined the man through interviews with former King aide author Clarence Jones, Scholar-in-Residence at Stanford University's Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute, and legendary theatre producer Woodie King, Jr. Her second article, "The New 21st Century Black Cultural Renaissance," explored the new "Talented Tenth," comprised of Millennials and Gen X creatives, who are producing bold, fearless and multi-faceted stories and images of black folks and people of color.
Tereva Parham was recently named the communications and special projects manager for Planned Parenthood of Middle and East Tennessee in Nashville. This is a newly created role for the local affiliate. The Illinois native has an extensive background in public relations and broadcast media.

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