Gail Walker is president of EnviroCom Incorporated, a Chicago-based communications firm specializing in environmental issues.
|Brenda Butler, a three-term president of NABJ-Chicago, is an experienced journalist with more than 25 years in newspapers and magazines. A witness to and participant in the sectionalizing of American newspapers in the 1990s, she held numerous editing positions at the Tribune, including associate managing editor for features, where she was involved in the conception and development of newspaper sections and magazines and co-managed a staff of more 100 reporters, editors and support staff. In the late 1990s, Butler also wrote, produced and moderated a 13-week series for Chicago cable TV titled “Playback: Views from an African-American Perspective.” She left the Tribune in 2009 after more than 10 years as senior features editor for the Chicago Tribune Magazine. Before joining the Tribune, Butler was an editor at Jet Magazine. Under Brenda’s leadership as president of NABJ-Chicago, the organization was named the 2009 NABJ Chapter of the Year. Butler is currently executive director of Columbia Links, a journalism, news literacy and leadership development program for underserved youth in Chicago public high schools and for teachers, housed at Columbia College Chicago.She holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature and creative writing from Knox College, Galesburg, Ill., and graduated from the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education management program at Kellogg’s Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, Evanston.|
|Dorothy Tucker is also VP Broadcast for the National Association of Black Journalists. Dorothy has served as a reporter for CBS 2 Chicago since 1984. Currently she reports for the station’s 5:00 PM, 6:00 PM and 10:00 PM weekday newscasts. Tucker also serves as the station’s consumer reporter, covering issues and trends to help viewers save money and avoid scams.
She 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, Colo. as a general assignment reporter. Previously, she was a reporter and weekend anchor at WREG-TV in Memphis, Tenn. (1979-80). Tucker began her broadcasting career in Peoria, Ill. at WMBD-TV, after serving as an intern at CBS 2 Chicago in 1977.
|Gloria F. Brown is a trailblazer and longtime news manager and producer for WGN-TV. She recently retired as a full-time employee and is now a consultant and special projects producer for the station. Gloria has won numerous awards, including Emmys and NABJ National Awards. She was inducted into the NATAS Silver Circle Hall of Fame in 2006.
|Cheryl Corley is an NPR correspondent who works for the National Desk and is based in Chicago. She travels throughout the Midwest covering issues and events throughout the region’s 12 states with a particular focus on criminal justice and urban a$airs. In recent years , Corley has reported on supporters of President Trump in the Chicago area, the campaign and re-election of President Barack Obama, and on youth and gun violence in Chicago. She’s reported on fatal police shootings including the infamous Trayvon Martin case in Florida, the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, the LaQuan McDonald case in Chicago and others. Prior to joining NPR, Corley was the news director atChicago’s public radio station, WBEZ. She also has been a frequent paneliston television news-a$airs programs in Chicago.A Chicago native, Corley graduated cum laude from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, and is now a Bradley University trustee. While in Peoria, Corley worked as a reporter and news director for public radio station WCBU and as a television director for the NBC a$iliate, WEEK-TV. She is a past President of the Association for Women Journalists in Chicago.|
|Carrie Walker, I’ve been an Assignment Editor/Segment & Field Producer in Chicago for over 20 years. I am currently responsible for weekend newscast coverage for ABC 7 Chicago. It’s not an easy task with upper management just on-call and not physically present in the newsroom. Split-Second decisions are made by the show producer and I until a manager can be reached. I also work as a field producer during the week. I gather all or some elements for reporters and anchors to put together packages for air. I’m extremely proud of my work as a segment producer on the ABC 7 Chicago morning show. I fill-in on a regular basis on the morning show; researching, booking and producing news & feature segments.
Before coming to ABC7, I was employed for 6 ½ years at NBC 5 Chicago. I worked my way up the ranks, starting as an intern and eventually becoming an Assignment Editor. I also held positions as a News Planning Editor Assistant, Production Assistant, Newsroom Librarian and Linear/Non-linear Editor.
Specialties: Strong organizational, information gathering, including internet research, crew management skills and extraordinary multi-tasking skills. Extensive knowledge in ENPS, Aurora, INews, Nexus-Lexus, Avid News & Editing systems.
|Phil Thompson, Chicago Tribune, covers sports pop culture for the Chicago Tribune’s “Chicago Inc.” column. He has held a wide variety of roles over the course of more than 25 years in media, starting as a city government reporter at the Tampa Tribune before becoming a copy editor and later one of the first pioneers in digital journalism. He moved to Chicago in 1997 to join the Chicago Tribune’s early online newsroom as a sports producer. Start-ups and media innovation have been career themes, working for BlackVoices.com and helping launch RedEye, a tabloid targeted to 20-somethings, and leading The Mash.com, a teen newspaper and journalism program, as its editor. The Norfolk, Va., native is a proud product of an HBCU (historically black college or university), Norfolk State University.|
|Will Jones is a general assignment reporter for WLS-TV. He joined the station in January 2016 from WDIV-TV in Detroit, Michigan. While in Detroit, Will was honored with a regional Emmy for his story on asylum-seekers.Will has also worked on-air at WHNS-TV in Greenville, South Carolina and WSAZ-TV in Charleston, West Virginia. He started his career on the assignment desk at WXIX-TV in his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. Will is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. During college he received a paid internship with CBS News through the NABJ internship program. As a student Will was an active member of NABJ-NU. While serving as Vice President, NABJ-NU won NABJ Student Chapter of the Year for the first time. In his spare time, Will has a passion for working with refugees. He is currently a volunteer with the Pan African Association.
|Arionne Nettles is a multimedia journalist and editor with a strong love for transferring business ideas to the world of journalism. In addition to her entrepreneurial endeavors, she brings 10 years of supply chain, corporate marketing, and freelance experience to her current role as a multiformat editor at The Associated Press. She is also a proud MBA graduate of Florida A&M University and recently received a second master’s degree at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. When she’s not running on the lakefront, she’s teaching Chicago-area teens the power of words through Write Chicago’s “sicker than your average” writing workshops or volunteering as a mentor.|
|Josh McGhee is a general assignment reporter at DNAinfo.com Chicago. Josh is a graduate of Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Mo. He comes to DNAinfo.com after serving as an intern at the Chicago Sun-Times and as a weekend news reporter and sports reporter at KHQA7 in Downstate Quincy. Josh grew up in Tinley Park and attended Providence Catholic High School in New Lenox. The coaches wanted him to play football and wrestle, but he opted for basketball. It worked out as he got a scholarship to play basketball at Culver-Stockton. The college is known for having the longest losing streak in college football — and for the basketball team making a run in 2013 NAIA National Basketball Tournament. But that was after Josh left the team. It was at Culver-Stockton that he discovered his passion for journalism. While serving as Editor in Chief of the Megaphone, the college newspaper, Josh won an award for in-depth reporting. He also won the Emily Helsabeck Award for Oral Interpretation and the Mahan Prizes in Creative Writing-Journalism Awards. Josh was also active at KCSW, the student-run radio station where he broadcast basketball games during the 2013 regular season and the national tournament run.|