Below are the names of the 44 courageous and visionary men and women (and where they worked at the time) who gathered to form NABJ.

NABJ was founded on December 12, 1975, in Washington, D.C., at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park (formerly Sheraton Park Hotel).

Our Founders represent various news and media platforms and disciplines from across the U.S.

Click here to view the Founders’ original signatures from NABJ’s first gathering.

Click here to donate to our upcoming 50th anniversary fund.

Click here to donate and support their vision and our mission via our scholarships and programming.

Norma Adams-Wade

Dallas Morning News

Carole Bartel

CORE Magazine

Edward Blackwell (Deceased)

Milwaukee Journal

Paul Brock (Deceased)

Founding Executive Director

Reginald Bryant (Deceased)

Black Perspective on the News

Maureen Bunyan

WTOP-TV - Washington, D.C.

Crispin Campbell

WNET-TV - New York

Charlie Cobb

WHUR Radio - Washington, D.C.

Marilyn Darling

WHYY-TV, Wilmington, Del.

Leon Dash

The Washington Post

Joe Davidson

Philadelphia Bulletin

Allison J. Davis

WBZ-TV Boston

Paul Delaney

The New York Times

William Dilday (Deceased)


Sandra Dillard

Denver Post

Joel Dreyfuss

The Washington Post

Sam Ford

WCCO-TV Minneapolis

David Gibson

Mutual Black Network

Sandra Gilliam-Beale

WHIO-TV Dayton, Ohio

Bob Greenlee (Deceased)

New Haven Register

Martha Griffin

National Public Radio

Derwood Hall (Deceased)

WSOC-TV Charlotte

Bob Hayes

San Francisco Examiner

Vernon Jarrett (Deceased)

Chicago Tribune

Mal Johnson (Deceased)

Cox Broadcasting

Toni Jones

Detroit Free Press

H. Chuku Lee

Africa Journal Ltd.

Claude Lewis (Deceased)

Philadelphia Bulletin

Sandra Dawson Long Weaver

News Journal Wilmington, Del.

Pluria Marshall


Acel Moore (Deceased)

Philadelphia Inquirer

Luix Overbea (Deceased)

Christian Science Monitor

Les Payne (Deceased)


Claudia Polley


Alex Poinsett (Deceased)

Ebony Magazine

Richard Rambeau

Project Bait, Detroit

Max Robinson (Deceased)

WTOP-TV Washington, D.C.

Chuck Stone (Deceased)

Philadelphia Daily News

W.Curtis Riddle

Louisville (Ky.) Courier Journal

Jeannye Thornton

U.S. News & World Report

Francis Ward

Los Angeles Times

Charlotte Roy

Detroit Free Press

Vince Sanders (Deceased)

National Black Network

John C. White (Deceased)

Washington Star

DeWayne Wickham

The Baltimore Sun

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