Board Members

 

 

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Gail Walker
is president of EnviroCom Incorporated, a Chicago-based communications firm specializing in environmental issues.

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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-4-siteGloria 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.
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Richard Steele
is an award-winning host and a retired correspondent for WBEZ Chicago Public Media, where he contributes interviews and reports to Eight Forty-Eight, The Afternoon Shift, World View, Morning Edition, All Things Considered, wbez.org, vocalo.org and special programming. Since joining WBEZ in 1987, Richard has hosted a number of acclaimed programs, including The Richard Steele Show, A Richard Steele Friday, Page Two, Performance Space and Eight Forty-Eight.  Prior to joining WBEZ, Richard hosted many successful Chicago radio programs, including The Morning Connection on WVAZ 102.7 FM and Late Night, a talk and music forum on WGCI 1390 AM. He has hosted popular shows on WBMX 102.7 and WVON 1450 AM, and became “The Real Steele” on WGRT (950 AM) AM, where he progressed to program director shortly after the station’s transition to WJPC 950 AM.  Richard is vice president of the local American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and a board member of the Chicago Association of Black Journalists. Richard attended Harold Washington College in Chicago.
 Tony Smith is a news reporter and meteorologist. He’s worked in Miami, Omaha, Norfolk, Greensboro, Las Vegas. But Chicago is home for this weatherman. Tony is looking forward to working with other NABJCC board members  in-order bring together Chicagoland journalists dedicated to truth and excellence in newsgathering, reporting, and equality in the media industry. Tony encourages everyone to follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

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