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Dorothy Tucker Re-Elected President of NABJ and Five Additional Members Join the Board of Directors

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) has announced its 2021 Board of Directors election results. Results will be audited next week.

Dorothy Tucker Re-Elected NABJ President

Dorothy Tucker, the incumbent President of NABJ, and an award-winning investigative reporter for CBS2 Chicago was re-elected President of NABJ. Tucker received 531 votes (83%) while her opponent Manuel Smith received 111 votes (17%). Tucker previously served as NABJ VP-Broadcast, six years as a regional director, and held leadership roles in five local chapters. Details on votes are below.

Ken Lemon Voted NABJ Vice President-Broadcast

Ken Lemon, a reporter at WSOC-TV in Charlotte, NC, was re-elected as NABJ Vice President-Broadcast. Lemon received 596 votes (100%). He ran unopposed. Lemon is a charter member of the UNCW Communications Studies Alumni Board and is a North Carolina Certified Mediator.

Amir Vera Voted NABJ Vice President-Digital

Amir Vera, a writer for CNN Digital and the current president of the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists (AABJ), was elected NABJ Vice President-Digital. Vera received 586 votes (100%). He ran unopposed. Vera previously served as the public relations chair and vice president of Hampton Roads Black Media Professionals.

Madison Carter Voted NABJ Secretary

Madison Carter, an award-winning investigative journalist at WXIA-TV in Atlanta, was elected NABJ Secretary. Carter received 584 votes (100%). She ran unopposed. Carter served as president of the Buffalo Association of Black Journalists (BABJ) and was named News Personality of the Year by The Buffalo News.

Brie Jackson Voted NABJ Region I Director

Brie Jackson, a Washington, D.C.- based national correspondent for Hearst Television stations, was elected NABJ Region I Director. Jackson received 227 votes (100%). She was unopposed. Jackson has more than 15 years of experience in broadcast news specializing in several issues, including racial injustice and equity. Jackson is also the founder, and former president, of the Southwest Virginia Chapter of NABJ.

Eva D. Coleman Voted Region III Director

Eva D. Coleman, a national award-winning multimedia producer, college and high school media educator, was elected as NABJ Region III Director. Coleman received 187 votes (100%). She ran unopposed. Coleman is a four-time Telly Award-winning television producer and was named 2019 National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Journalism Educator of the Year.

Tamia Fowlkes Voted NABJ Student Representative

Tamia Fowlkes, a rising senior at the University of Wisconsin, was voted NABJ Student Representative. Fowlkes received 75 votes (100%). She ran unopposed. Fowlkes is majoring in Journalism and Political Science with certificates in Gender and Women’s Studies and Leadership. She is an intern at The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

NABJ thanks outgoing Board members: 

  • Roland S. Martin (former VP-Digital)
  • Cheryl Smith (former Secretary)
  • Tory N. Parrish (former Region I Director)
  • Rod Carter (former Region III Director)
  • Enjoyiana Nururdin (former Student Rep.)






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