NABJCC Board Members - National Association of Black Journalists-Chicago Chapter
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Gail Walker is president of EnviroCom Incorporated, a Chicago-based communications firm specializing in environmental issues.

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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 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.

Colin Evans is an Executive Producer at ABC 7 Chicago. She’s responsible for overseeing multi-platform coverage on the weekends for the city’s #1 local news. A Chicago native and graduate of the University of Missouri Columbia School of Journalism, Evans worked as a producer at WMUR, the ABC affiliate in Manchester, New Hampshire, before joining ABC 7 in 2015. Evans produced the weekend morning show for over five years and earned an Emmy-Award for spot news coverage, before being promoted to executive producer. Evans started her journalism career as an Emma L. Bowen Scholar at CBS 2 Chicago, and advocates for aspiring journalists to have access to similar mentorship and internship opportunities. Evans prefers the Sox (proud South Sider) over the Cubs; Giordano’s over Lou Malnati’s; and she enjoys walks with her senior dog… who would rather be pushed in a stroller.

Kathy Chaney — a more than 20-year veteran across all platforms: print, digital and broadcast, and an advocate for the Black Press and diversity in newsrooms — is the Executive Producer, Daily News and Midwest Hub for YR Media.

Prior to joining YR, Kathy was the deputy managing editor, Breaking News and Staff Development for the Chicago Sun-Times. She was also the managing editor for EBONY magazine. She’s worked in several newsrooms, including reporter/producer for NPR’s Chicago affiliate WBEZ, managing editor at the Chicago Defender and on the commodities desk at Thomson Reuters.

Kathy, a two-term president of the National Association of Black Journalists-Chicago, is the national vice-president of Print for NABJ.

She is also a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists; Asian American Journalists Association; Investigative Reporters & Editors; Journalism & Women Symposium; and News Leaders Association.

Sylvia Snowden hails from Chicago’s South Side, where she attended McDade Classical Elementary School and Morgan Park High School. Following high school, Ms. Snowden received a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri. Since graduating from college, she’s had the opportunity to train under some of the most respected persons in the field of journalism. She’s worked as a production coordinator for the Oprah Winfrey Show and interned at WVON-AM 1690, on the Roland S. Martin Morning Show. Sylvia presently works in Chicago, IL, as a journalist. She’s the host of CAN TV’s Political Forum, a talk show devoted to covering Chicago’s most important political affairs. She’s also the creator and host of “Unbossed,” a CAN TV series that explores the contributions of women to Chicago politics. She has served as editorial director of CAN TV channel 42 and received a special commendation from the Illinois State Legislature for her work connecting Chicagoans to vital support services through media. Sylvia has also worked as a freelance writer for Ebony.com, Jet.com, and Huffington Post. Her blog has had articles featured by BlogHer, MTV, Chicago Now, and a variety of other publications.

Ms. Snowden is a member of the Journalism and Women Symposium, the National Association of Black Journalists, and the Communication Workers of America. She’s also a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.In 2018, she was recognized as the 1st runner-up –Alumni Journalist of the Year in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority’s Central Region, when she was named 1st runner-up for the Peggy Lewis LeCompte Outstanding Graduate Soror in Communications/Journalism Award. In 2019, Sylvia was

recognized as one of the “Most Distinguished Women of Illinois” by the Orrington Institute.  In her spare time, Ms. Snowden enjoys online shopping, tweeting, and volunteering with her church.

 Tony Smith is a meteorologist and senior producer at the Black News Channel. He has also worked in Miami, Omaha, Norfolk, Greensboro and Las Vegas. But Chicago is home for this weatherman. Tony is looking forward to working with other NABJCC board members  in order to 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.

 

Suzanne Le Mignot is an award winning journalist with a passion for giving a voice to the voiceless through her stories. She is CBS 2 Chicago’s weekend morning news anchor and weekday reporter. She has nearly 30 years of experience in both television and radio and has been recognized for excellence in her industry by the Associated Press, the Chicago Bar Association, and has received local and national Emmy awards for her work. She has received the National Civil Rights Library Lifetime Achievement Award and was inducted into the National Civil Rights Hall of Fame. She is also the recipient of the “We Dream in Color” Michelle Obama Humanitarian Award for her reports that led to positive change in the lives of those who have endured challenging times. In 2021 she was given the The Shantieya Smith “We Fight for Her Award” by MOVE and YOVE (Mothers Opposed to Violence Everywhere and Youth Opposed to Violence Everywhere) for her reports bringing attention to missing and murdered black girls and women in Chicago. She was also chosen by Better Magazine in 2021 as one of the top 10 Black Women of Impact in Chicago and chosen by the America Nation Multicultural World Foundation as the 2021 Multicultural Woman of the Year.

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