NABJ Mourns the Loss of Veteran Broadcaster Jon Beans
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Posted by: Aprill Turner
WASHINGTON, DC (June 13, 2012) – The National
Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) mourns the loss of veteran broadcaster
Jon Beans who died today from complications of sickle cell disease according to
The Associated Press.
Beans was a journalist at Alabama Public Television
for more than 20 years working as a producer, executive producer, and
eventually as the station's news director. During that time he produced
numerous stories and shows which earned numerous awards including several Emmy
"Jon was a great mentor and servant to NABJ. I
worked with him directly as SEED chair and he displayed great character and
professionalism in leading NABJ-TV for many years at our convention," said
NABJ President Gregory Lee Jr.
"Our thoughts and prayer's are of course with
Jon's wife and children during this difficult time."
Beans was also an educator serving as an adjunct
professor at Alabama State University. As a longtime member of NABJ he also
sought to help the association's student members serving as the team leader and
as a mentor for NABJ-TV, an important part of the NABJ Student Projects
program, where he mentored dozens of students.
"I first met Jon Beans at the 2003 NABJ
Convention in Dallas, as I became part of the Student Projects that year,"
said Sam King, who now works at WSFA-12 in Montgomery, Ala. "I remember a
kind, patient and level-headed leader as he worked with us as we stumbled our
way through learning TV on the fly. When
I moved to Montgomery, he was there to offer advice and critiques. He will be missed."
An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington,
D.C., NABJ is the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation,
and provides career development as well as educational and other support to its