Board Members

Kathy Chaney, EBONY Magazine, is an award-winning Chicago-based journalist who often writes and reports on crime, criminal justice, the courts, missing persons cases and politics, is the managing editor for EBONY Magazine . She formerly was managing editor of the Chicago Defender newspaper and senior producer at WVON Radio. Kathy is also a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors. She received a George Polk Award for local reporting, a Cook County Crime Stoppers Media Award, A. Philip Randolph Messenger Award and the Portrait of Achievers Award from the Probation Challenge organization. Kathy also teaches journalism to middle school students in the city for the True Star Foundation.
pic_art_normanVice President, Broadcast
Art Norman, NBC 5 Chicago, is a fixture on WMAQ-Ch. 5’s newscasts, retired from the NBC-owned station after nearly 30-years of broadcasting.  He is currently the Vice President of the National Association of Black Journalists Chicago Chapter; ten years ago he served as the organization’s President.  Norman joined NBC 5 Chicago as a general assignment reporter in 1982. In 1990, his initiative led to a NBC 5 News exclusive investigation of the Cook County Sheriff Department. During his career, Norman received six Emmys, a national Investigative Reporters and Editors Award and an Associated Press Award for “Best Investigative Reporting.” His other honors include a 1987 Wilbur Award given by the Religious Public Relations Council, an International Radio and Television News Directors Award, a 1978 School Bell Award from the National Association of Educators, 1976, the George Foster Peabody Award ” He won North Carolina’s RTNDA Award for his coverage of a fatal air balloon crash in 1975.  Prior to joining NBC5 in Chicago, Norman worked at WMAR-TV, Baltimore, WPCQ-TV and WSOC-TV, both in Charlotte, N.C. He began his broadcasting career in 1969, as a television engineer at WCCB-TV, also in Charlotte.  In addition to hosting numerous community events each year, Norman is a spokesman for the United Negro College Fund and served as an on-air host of its telethon. Norman holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Math and Physics from the Johnson C. Smith University. He is a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and holds a first class F.C.C. engineer’s license.
pic_maudlyneVice President, Print
Maudlyne Ihejirika, Chicago Sun-Times, is a veteran journalist with over 25 years experience in journalism, public relations, and government — 20 of those with the Chicago Sun-Times. The Urban Affairs Reporter/Assistant City Editor was hired in 1987, covering major beats from crime, poverty and housing to education, politics and philanthropy. She was Weekend City Editor when hired in 1997 by then-Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar’s administration as press secretary for the Dept. of Children and Family Services. She left in 1999 to launch Ihejirika Media & Communications Group, managing media operations for politicians at the Congressional, State and City Council level and local nonprofits. She returned to the Sun-Times in 2003, was promoted to Assistant City Editor in 2008, and is the recipient of numerous awards, including two 2009 Lisagor Awards, a 2011 NABJ Salute to Excellence Award, and the Coalition for United Community Action’s 2013 Vernon C. Jarrett Par Excellence in Journalism Award.
Renita Young, Thomson Reuters, a true multimedia journalist with experience in TV, radio, print and Web journalism, is NABJCC’s current secretary and the 2016/2017 NABJ fellow at Reuters in Chicago, covering commodities and occasionally national news out of the Midwest. Recently, she was a web producer for WBBM‘s combined TV and radio website, Prior to that, she served as a staff reporter for, The Times-Picayune’s Baton Rouge hub covering business, the oil and gas industry, entrepreneurship, development and breaking news. She’s formerly worked with and Thomson Reuters as a stringer covering breaking crime, education, social justice and politics happening in the Chicago and Northwestern Indiana areas, and at the State Capitol.Renita began her career at K24TV, Nairobi, Kenya’s first locally-headquartered 24-hour news network. A native Chicagoan, Renita is a graduate of both DePaul University and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
Valarie West, Ret. Fox Chicago, has been the NABJ Chicago Treasurer for many years.  A long-time media professional, she was News Unit Business Manager for Fox Chicago for 16 years before she retired in 2009.  Valarie also worked at CBS for 10 years.

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