WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 16, 2018) — National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) President Sarah Glover has named Dallas-area editor and journalism educator Eva D. Coleman as the 2018 NABJ Convention chairwoman. The largest gathering for journalists of color in 2018 will be held at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center from Aug. 1-5. Coleman will lead convention team. This year’s theme is “NABJ18: Driving Journalism, Technology & Trust.”
President Glover praised Coleman for her decades of service since becoming a member in 1995. Coleman has served NABJ in numerous capacities, including chapter president, deputy regional director and regional conference co-chairperson.
“Eva has been a phenomenal member and servant of NABJ. I appreciate her wide-ranging skill set and organizational expertise,” said Glover. “Eva brings years of experience as an executive producer and entrepreneur. I am especially proud of her work on JSHOP, NABJ’s high school journalism workshop, and the Dallas-Fort Worth Association of Black Journalists’ (DFW/ABJ) Urban Journalism Workshop, of which she has directed the radio and television components for more than 15 years.”
Coleman says NABJ is near and dear to her heart. For years, she has brought her entire family, including her mother, to the national conventions.
“This is definitely an honor to be named the chair of the NABJ national convention,” Coleman said. “This appointment is one that I don’t take lightly. NABJ has a history of providing excellent programming for our members and the industry. I am very appreciative to President Glover for having confidence in me to continue NABJ’s rich legacy and I look forward to an exciting, informative, innovative, thought-provoking, productive convention that is beneficial to our entire membership while also providing groundbreaking leadership to others in the industry.”
Coleman is an honors graduate of Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. A four-time Telly® award winning producer, as the executive producer of Frisco ISD-TV, she has garnered numerous awards including the inaugural Student Television Network Teacher of the Year 2012-2013.
She is the former executive producer of Frisco High School’s first-ever television program, RACC-TV, serving in that role and as broadcast journalism teacher from 2004-2008. In addition, Eva created and launched Ranger News Network (RNN) at Frisco’s sixth high school, Lone Star, in 2010. Of her 23 years of experience in television broadcasting, she served eight as a producer for the television production company, PRIMEDIA Workplace Learning. Skilled in radio broadcasting as well, she also served as a Technical Operator for Dallas’ KRLD 1080 AM for 12 years, where she ran the audio board for various programs, including Texas Rangers baseball broadcasts.
From the inception of Dallas’ KRNB 105.7 FM in September 1996 through May 1998, Coleman was an on-air radio personality there. In 2013, she completed studies as a Reynolds High School Journalism Institute Fellow at Arizona State University (Phoenix), having been one of 175 journalism instructors selected from around the country to participate in the American Society of News Editors (ASNE) administered program hosted by five universities and funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. In 2014, Coleman was selected to serve on the State Board of Education’s Arts, Audio/Video Technology, and Communications, Committee 1 for the review of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for career and technical education.
A member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., a past president and current vice president of the Dallas-Fort Worth Association of Black Journalists (DFW/ABJ), Coleman is the lifestyles editor for I Messenger Media (a conglomerate of three newspapers and an internet talk show). She also served as deputy director for NABJ Region VII and V from 2001-2007, and currently serves as NABJ Region III deputy director – west. Coleman is widowed and has two daughters, 16-year-old Cecily Simone and 11-year-old Evana Gabrielle.
Pointing out that NABJ is the largest minority journalism organization of color in the nation, with a huge international contingent, Coleman said the programming and coordination of the national convention is critical especially when you consider changes in the industry. NABJ Founder Norma Adams-Wade agreed.
“I’ve been very excited about the growth of NABJ under Sarah’s leadership, and the choice of Eva as convention chair is just one more positive and forward-thinking decision that our president has made,” said Adams-Wade, who is a contributing columnist and retired senior staff writer at The Dallas Morning News and still very active with NABJ nationally and locally, through DFW/ABJ.
“Eva is experienced, meticulous, dedicated and a joy to work with. I’m looking forward to the convention and doing whatever I can to assist.”
Coleman may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About The National Association of Black Journalists
An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation, and provides career development as well as educational and other support to its members worldwide. For additional information, please visit www.nabj.org.