AVENTURA, Florida — An investigative reporter for a CBS affiliate in Chicago will lead the National Association of Black Journalists, the nation’s largest organization of journalists of color.
The 44-year-old group that has roots in Philadelphia wrapped up its elections Friday evening by electing current two-term Vice President-Broadcast Dorothy Tucker as president.
She takes the reins from the organization’s first two-term president, Sarah Glover. Glover, a longtime Philadelphia journalist and current social media editor at NBC Owned Television Stations, had served as president of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists.
“So many people I want to thank but at the top of the list are my opponents Marlon Walker and Greg Lee,” Tucker said. “I thank you for running strong campaigns. To the new board members and returning board members, I look forward to working with you.”
Tucker won with 411 votes. Lee, a former NABJ president, received 203 votes and Walker, vice president-print, received 138 votes.
“I’m proud of the accomplishment that my administration was able to bring this organization to strong financial footing,” Glover said. “I feel like my role was to elevate and fortify us to do and expand in many ways. We are heading in a very impressive direction for the association. Congratulations to Madam President Tucker. I’m excited about the number of votes. That’s another good indication on the direction of the organization.”
In addition to the office of president, the organization elected Ken Lemon as vice president-broadcast; Roland Martin as vice president-digital; incumbent Cheryl Smith to continue as secretary; Tory Parrish as Region I director; Rod Carter as Region III director and Enjoyiana Nururdin as student representative.
Parrish will replace Johann Calhoun, news and special projects editor for The Philadelphia Tribune, as the organization’s Region I director.
Tucker created the NABJ Producer Database, which has more than 100 members. It connects content providers who work at print, TV and digital outlets with news managers looking to hire.
As president, she vowed to pressure companies to diversify their workplaces and grade them in all areas of employment.
More than 4,000 journalists had registered for the convention by early Friday, which the organization’s officials said was a record.
“It shows the level of interest and the value that people are placing on NABJ for training, getting jobs, getting story ideas and getting technical skills,” said Drew Berry, NABJ’s executive director.
Flanagan reported from Philadelphia.