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Kelley Chunn

Kelley Chunn Report from NABJ

Hot off the presses: The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) elected Vice President of Broadcast Bob Butler as the 20th president of the association. Butler is an award-winning multimedia journalist at KCBS radio in San Francisco, CA. He will officiate when the NABJ Convention comes to Boston next year.

Journalists from Boston attending the conference include Akilah Johnson, Meghan Irons, Derrick Jackson, Gary Washburn and Wesley Lowery - all from the Boston Globe, Rhondella Richardson from Channel 5 and Callie Crossley from WGBH.

The Boston contingent also includes Carole Copeland Thomas, author, speaker and diversity trainer and Michelle Johnson, an associate professor at Boston University. She received a well deserved award from NABJ for her decades of work teaching and mentoring students.

I also connected with Robin Washington, a brand new grandfather of fraternal twins. Robin once worked at the Boston Herald and is now editor at the Duluth News Tribune in Minnesota.

And what a pleasure to run into Toni Randolph who left WBUR radio several years ago to work at MPR in Minnesota where she is now editor for new audiences.

NABJ conventions always preview what’s next and among this year’s up and coming are: -the summer launch of Aljazeera America on cable companies including Comcast here in Massachusetts;

-the October 1st launch of the open enrollment period for health insurance to cover millions of uninsured Americans under the Affordable Health Care Act; and

-on the arts and cultural front, a special NABJ advance screening of the Lee Daniels’ film “The Butler” which opens nationwide on August 16th. So much to experience….so little time.