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NABJ Elects Dorothy Tucker as the 22nd President to Lead the Association

MIAMI (Aug. 9, 2019)–The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) elected its Vice President-Broadcast, Dorothy Tucker as the 22nd President of the Association. Tucker, an investigative reporter for CBS 2 Chicago garnered411 votes, defeating Gregory Lee Jr., senior managing director of the Athletic, (203 votes); and Marlon Walker, education reporter at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (138 Votes).

Tucker joined CBS 2 Chicago from KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh, PA, where she worked as a general assignment reporter and talk show host. Prior to that, Tucker worked at KWGN-TV in Denver, CO, REG-TV in Memphis, TN (1979-80). Tucker began her broadcasting career in Peoria, IL. at WMBD-TV, after serving as an intern at CBS 2 Chicago in 1977. Tucker previously served on the NABJ Board of Directors as Region V Director.

“I talk for a living, but I am speechless…I am humbled by your support over the last few months,” said Tucker. “One of the greatest things about running for this position is the opportunity to meet so many members and engage with you. I promise I will earn your vote and respect. I will represent everyone.”

The election results were announced at a 6:00 p.m. press conference following the closing of the polls at NABJ’s 2019 Convention & Career Fair in Miami. 2,102 votes were cast by eligible NABJ members in this year’s election, conducted online between July 1 and 5 p.m. today.

The official results for the 2019 election are as follows:

PRESIDENT:
Gregory Lee: 203 votes
Dorothy Tucker: 411 votes (winner)
Marlon A. Walker: 138 votes

VICE PRESIDENT OFBROADCAST:
Ken Lemon: 682 votes (unopposed)

VICE PRESIDENT OF DIGITAL:
Roland Martin: 574 votes (unopposed)

SECRETARY:
Ernest Owens: 214 votes
Cheryl Smith: 511 votes (winner)

REGION I: DIRECTOR:
Christopher Nelson: 130 votes
Tory Parrish: 145 votes (winner)

REGION III DIRECTOR:
Rod Carter: 153 votes (winner)
Stephen Wright: 65 votes

STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE:
Enjoyiana Nururdin: 103 votes (unopposed)

The association also voted on a number of amendments to its constitution, the results are as follows:

Amendment Proposal 1: A package that includes several recommendations to realign the Board of Directors, including reducing the Board from 14 members to 11. (Members were asked to vote on the Amendment 1 proposal as a package).

YES: 439 votes
NO: 225 votes
*This measure failed because it did not receive approval bythetwo-thirds of the total number of votes cast required for an amendment to be adopted.

Amendment Proposal 2:A proposal that clarifies Lifetime membership eligibility.

YES: 465 votes (measure passed)
NO: 190 votes

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is an organization of journalists, students and media-related professionals that provides quality programs and services to and advocates on behalf of black journalists worldwide.

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NABJ-Chicago is the 2018 NABJ Professional Chapter of the Year, as announced at the 43rd NABJ Convention and Career Fair in Detroit.

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