NABJCC Board Members - National Association of Black Journalists-Chicago Chapter
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NABJCC Board Members






Gail Walker
is president of EnviroCom Incorporated, a Chicago-based communications firm specializing in environmental issues.
pic_brendaBrenda 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 than 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 was most recently 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 the President 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.
 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 affairs. 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 at Chicago’s public radio station, WBEZ. She also has been a frequent panelist on television news-affairs 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 affiliate, WEEK-TV. She is a past President of the Association for Women Journalists in Chicago.
Carrie Walker  has 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.
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.

Monique Wingard is a seasoned digital media professional with more than 15 years of success across the public media, social media, and communications industries. Throughout her career, Monique has held leadership positions with organizations including The Ohio House of Representatives, The Ohio Senate, Ohio University, JeffreyM Consulting, McDonald’s Corporation, 1871, Black Girls CODE, and Urban Ministries, Inc. Monique holds an M.A. from Ohio University, an M.S. from Case Western Reserve University, and a B.A. from The Ohio State University. She is an advocate of women and youth in STEAM, founder of The Civic Tech Collective and owner of SAVVY Consulting & Communications, LLC.

Aisha I. Jefferson is an award-winning writer and multimedia journalist who currently works as a digital content producer for WBBM Newsradio. Aisha’s covered a broad array of topics including drug busts, the 2008 economic crisis and the Academy Awards. A newspaper girl who’s fully embraced living in a digital world, Aisha’s work has been featured in various outlets including USA Today, The Root, Essence, JET, Black Enterprise and O, The Oprah Magazine, South Africa. Her interest in journalism began in high school and, at her father’s urging, continued during her years at Northern Illinois University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She later earned a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Though Aisha’s background is hard news and business reporting, she’s also covered environmental, mental health, beauty, healthy living, education and entertainment topics.

Mary A. Mitchell is a past president of NABJ-Chicago, and recipient of numerous journalism awards. She is recipient of some dozen Salute to Excellence Awards from NABJl; the Studs Terkel Award from the Community Media Workshop; and numerous Peter Lisagor Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists/Chicago Headline Club. In 2011, Mitchell was inducted into the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame by the Chicago Journalists Association.

She joined the Chicago Sun-Times as an education writer in 1991, covered City Hall from 1993 to 1995, and became a full-time Columnist and Editorial Board member in 1996. Like her African-American Sun-Times predecessors Carl Rowan and Vernon Jarrett, she has worked tirelessly to fight racism and discrimination and raise awareness in race relations and other advocacy issues.

She has written for several national publications including Essence Magazine. She co-hosted “Zebra Sisters,” a podcast that explores race, and has been a frequent panelist on WTTW’s Week In Review and FOX-TV, as well as appearing on national TV and radio news programs, from NPR and CNN to MSNBC and FOX Network, including such high profile programs as Meet The Press.

DEBORAH D. DOUGLAS is the Eugene S. Pulliam Distinguished Visiting Professor of Journalism at DePauw University and senior leader with The OpEd Project, leading fellowships and programs that include the University of Texas at Austin, Dartmouth College, Columbia University, Urgent Action Fund in South Africa and Kenya, and Youth Narrating Our World (YNOW). While teaching at her alma mater, Northwestern University’s Medill School, she created a graduate investigative journalism capstone on the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and taught best practices in Karachi, Pakistan. An award-winning journalist who is a 2019 Studs Terkel awardee and founding managing editor of MLK50: Justice Through Journalism, Douglas is author of “U.S. Civil Rights Trail: A Traveler’s Guide to the People, Places and Events That Made the Movement.” (Moon Travel, 2021).