National Association of Black Journalists-Chicago Chapter



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 is a veteran journalist with over 20 years of experience on the assignment desk.  She is currently weekday assignment editor at NBC 5 Chicago where she handles daily assignments for crews, reporters and producers, as well as, a segment producer.  Before joining NBC, she was the weekend assignment editor at ABC 7 Chicago for 17 years. The position came with a lot of responsibility with upper management just on-call and not physically present in the newsroom. Split-Second decisions were made by the show producer and assignment editor until a manager could be reached. She also worked as a field producer gathering elements for reporters and anchors to put together packages for air.  She is skilled at researching, booking and producing news & feature segments.

Her return to NBC 5 Chicago is kind of a homecoming, prior to working at ABC 7, she got her start in the business at NBC, working her way up  the ranks, starting as an intern and eventually becoming an Assignment Editor. She held positions as a News Planning Editor Assistant, Production Assistant, Newsroom Librarian and Linear/Non-linear Editor, as well.

Follow her on social media:  Twitter: @LadyCarrie  Instagram: @TravelingNewslady  TikTok:  @LadyCarrie

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,, 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.