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

 Issue: Nov. 20, 2017

NABJ Founder Les Payne was one of five journalists inducted into the New York Journalism Hall of Fame at a ceremony hosted by the Deadline Club-New York Society of Professional Journalists. A former reporter, editor and columnist at Newsday for 25 years, Payne oversaw national, foreign and health and science coverage. His news staffs won numerous awards, including six Pulitzer Prizes. Previously, he and two other Newsday reporters won a Pulitzer Prize for a series of articles about the international flow of heroin from the poppy fields of Turkey to New York. He was the inaugural fellow in the David Laventhol Chair at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
NBC4 reporter Beverly White was honored by the NABJ-LA chapter for her 25-year anniversary with the station. During the ceremony, she also receivedproclamations on her achievement from state Sen. Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada-Flintridge), Los Angeles City Councilman Herb Wesson, Assemblyman Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) and Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.
Peabody Award-winning journalist Michele Norris was honored with the International Women's Media Foundation's inaugural Gwen Ifill Award for her work as a mentor and support system for women in journalism in accordance with Ifill's legacy. Norris, the former host of NPR's "All Things Considered," is the founding director of The Race Card Project and executive director of The Bridge, the Aspen Institute's new program on race, identity and inclusion.
Rick Boone left a 20-year reporter/anchor career to become the news director at WNKY-TV, the NBC/CBS stations in Bowling Green, Ky., a newly created position for the station. He mostrecently worked as a reporter for NBC-owned KNTV-TV in San Francisco. He has also worked in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Sacramento and serves as a news consultant for WICZ-TV in Binghamton, N.Y. He recently hosted a webinar --So You Wanna Be on TV...NOT! --for the NABJ Broadcast Task Force.
Amy DuBois Barnett has been named executive vice president, digital and Chief Content Officer of The Grio, owned by Entertainment Studios, Inc. She was previously recruited by ESPN to lead the development and launch of a new digital brand focusing on multimedia content for a multicultural audience. She was also Editor-in-Chief for Ebony, where she oversaw the first top-to-bottom redesign of the magazine in its 68-year history.
Kelly Virella has joined The New York Times as editor of the new Reader Center, working with the center's editorial director, Hanna Ingber. The center was created to make the Times newsroom more responsive to and engaged with readers. She was previously an investigative editor and director of the Ida B. Wells Fellowship.

Geoff Bennett has joined NBC News as its newest White House correspondent, joining Hallie Jackson, Peter Alexander, Kristen Welker and Kelly O'Donnell on the beat. He's covered the White House and Congress for NPR and serves as a guest host for C-SPAN's "Washington Journal." He was previously the Washington reporter for NY1 News and more than a dozen other Time Warner cable news stations across the country.
Marcus Foster has been named managing editor at Cox Media Group's WHBQ-TV in Memphis, Tennessee. As an executive producer at CMG's WSB-TV in Atlanta for nine years, he won a Southeast Regional Emmy this year for Best Newscast. He serves on the board of directors for the Meek School of Journalism at the University of Mississippi.
Errin Haines Whack has been appointed to the national race and ethnicity writer for the Associated Press. She will cover the issues of race, culture and politics on a full-time basis on topics such as Charlottesville, Ferguson and the recent NFL protests. Whack served two terms as NABJ's VP-Print and was recently named Print Journalist of the Year by the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists.
Angela Green has been named news/content director at WFXG-TV in Augusta, Georgia. The award-winning journalist came from Greenville, North Carolina, where she was an anchor at WNCT-TV for four years.
Anita Muhammad has been named director of local media for the Associated Press to help grow the company's creative outreach to non-traditional media markets in the south.She previously worked as AP's regional radio executive, based in Washington, D.C., and currently serves on the the board of the Baton Rouge Area Association of Black Journalists.
Jason Frazer was named a meteorologist for Fox 28 in Savannah, Ga., where he has already covered several major storms. He came from NBC Boston, where he was an investigative reporter.
Tia Mitchell has been named the DeKalb County, Ga., beat reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She previously worked at the Florida Times-Union as a statehouse reporter.
Alex Whittler has joined WWBT/NBC 12 in Richmond, Va., as a reporter. She came from Chicago where she was a field producer and production assistant at WLS-TV. She holds a Master's from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and a Bachelor's degree from Loyola University Chicago.
Amber Worthy, a morning producer and reporter for News 12 Now This Morning in Chattanooga, Tennessee, has been promoted to weekend anchor for the 11:00 p.m. news. She will also report and produce the show. She was previously a reporter at WJXT-TV in Jacksonville, Florida.
Danielle Nelson has been hired as a producer at KTNV 13 Action News in Las Vegas. She came from KRDO NewsChannel 13 in Colorado Springs, where she worked for three years.
Joshua Short was named the Sunday morning anchor for WNDU-TV in Northern Indiana at the tender age of 22. He joined the station in May after graduating from Columbia College Chicago. He's won awards and scholarships from the National Association of Black Journalists Chicago Chapter.
Kennedi Walker, a student at Louisiana State University, has made history by being named the first African-American news director at KLSU-FM, the school's radio station. She is a sophomore majoring in broadcast journalism.
Lewis W. Diuguid, a reporter, photographer, editor, columnist, editorial board member and vice president of community resources at the Kansas City Star, has won the prestigious Philip C. Chinn Book Award for his 2017 book, "Our Fathers: Making Black Men." The award was given at the international conference of the National Association for Multicultural Education in Salt Lake City. He also won the 2017 Louis M. Lyons Award for Conscience and Integrity in Journalism at Harvard University and was named a 2017 Knight Visiting Fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard. Diuguid received the 2015 Angelo B. Henderson Community Service Award from the National Association of Black Journalists.
Wendi C. Thomas, founder of MLK50: Justice Through Journalism, has secured a $100,000 grant from the Surdna Foundation to support her year-long nonprofit reporting project. Timed to the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the project, focuses on economic justice in Memphis. Thomas was a 2016 Nieman fellow at Harvard University and previously was a metro columnist and assistant managing editor at The (Memphis) Commercial Appeal.
Alexis Mitchell, a news content specialist at WBTV-TV in Charlotte, North Carolina, has been awarded a Salute Her: Media Innovator Award by Café Mocha, a nationally syndicated radio show. She was honored for her ground-breaking career as a game changer in the broadcast industry.
Terence Nelson was honored as one of Black Enterprise magazine's "BE Modern Man 100" for 2017. The award honors the essence, image and accomplishments of today's man of color. Nelson was recognized for his work as a producer for "News One Now" and his work in the community through the Baltimore Youth Film Arts Program.
The Atlanta Association of Black Journalists announces its newly elected board of directors. They are as follows: Carol M. Gantt, associate producer at CNN, president; Nicole Smith, senior digital features editor at theAtlanta Journal-Constitution,VP-Print; Jaya Renee Franklin, associate director of communications at Georgia State University College of Law, VP-Digital; Wilton Jackson, digital media associate at WSB-TV, Parliamentarian; Catherine Witherspoon, Communications Coordinator at the International Association of National Public Health Institutes, Secretary; and Jennifer Matthews, Associate Producer at CNN, Treasurer.
Jennifer Sharp has been named the new marketing assistant for Southern College Of Optometry, one of the top schools in the nation. She was also the recipient of the Rising Star award from the Memphis chapter of Public Relations Society of America. This award honors PR professionals with three years of experience or less.

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