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National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) President Ken Lemon has announced the appointment of member Melony Roy as the newest addition to the Board of Directors. Roy will serve as the Region I Director for 2023-2025.
Named one of Philadelphia’s “Most Influential African Americans” by the Philadelphia Tribune, Roy is the Supervising Producer of Daily News Podcasts at The Wall Street Journal.
Previously, she was the Director of News and Digital at WHYY Inc., Philadelphia’s public media service, heard on a network of FM stations in the Philadelphia area and seen on WHYY-TV.
“Melony has played an important role in the advancement of the media industry in both Philadelphia and New York. She has also made a profound impact through her commitment to supporting and guiding Black journalists throughout her career,” said Lemon. “We are grateful for the expertise and passion she will bring to our Board.”
As a past president of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists, Roy prioritized the recruitment and mentoring of journalists of color in Philadelphia newsrooms. Now residing in New York, she is a member of the New York Association of Black journalists.
Her leadership background includes being selected as a participant in the prestigious AAJA Executive Leadership Program and serving as Executive Advisor to the Lenfest Constellation News Leadership Initiative.
She has been celebrated for her pioneering work in digital media, including the creation and growth of social media platforms for the CBS-owned KYW Newsradio in Philadelphia. She has also served as an on-air reporter, covering tech trends and the growing influence of social media on everyday personal and work life. Her reporting led her to coverage of events like SXSW in Austin, the 2016 Democratic National Convention, and the Forbes 30 Under 30 Conference.
Roy has been awarded by the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters for “Outstanding Use of Digital” and received an Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association for a digital series on the 2020 Election.