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



Brandon Pope  is an award winning multimedia journalist, anchoring and reporting at WCIU-TV and CW26 Chicago. He’s also a writer for Ebony magazine and a contributor at Sun-Times, Revolt and YR Media. Locally he works with After School Matters as a high school sports journalism instructor, and works on the narrative change committee for the Obama Foundation’s My Brother’s Keeper organization. Brandon is also co-chair of the NABJ Broadcast Taskforce and has helped plan regional and national NABJ events. His journalism work has included coverage of the 2012, 2016 and 2020 Presidential Elections, the London Olympics, the Indy 500, college football, the PGA tour and the NFL and NBA. He is a proud Ball State University alumni and a passionate Ohio sports fan. Reach out to him on social media at @bpopetv.

Evan Moore | Rich Hein/Sun-Times

Vice President, Print

Evan F. Moore is a press secretary with Chicago Public Schools. Before that, he was the culture/entertainment reporter at the Chicago Sun-Times. He is the co-author of the critically-acclaimed book, “Game Misconduct: Hockey’s Toxic Culture and How to Fix It.” His work, which consists of the topics at the intersection of sports, media literacy, race, politics, violence and culture, is featured in Rolling Stone, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Magazine, Chicago Reader, The Athletic, Global Sport Matters,DNAinfo, ESPN’s The Undefeated (now Andscape) and Bleacher Report. His work was featured in the 2019 edition of The Best American Sports Writing book series. Evan is a two-time Lisagor Award winner (2018 and 2021). He has also won awards with the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and the Society of Features Journalism. Evan is an adjunct faculty member in the Journalism program at DePaul University’s College of Communication. He joined the faculty in 2016.

Vice President, Broadcast 

Chicago-native Tahman Bradley anchors WGN Evening News and WGN News at Nine and Ten on Saturdays and Sundays.

He also serves as the station’s political reporter.He is a former ABC News correspondent based out of Washington, D.C., where he covered breaking news for the network’s affiliate service.

Since joining WGN-TV in July 2015, Tahman quickly distinguished himself in Chicago by reporting on issues impacting Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Police Department. He also has scored notable interviews with Mayors Lori Lightfoot, Rahm Emanuel, Governors J.B. Pritzker and Bruce Rauner and the viral story on Ethan, the shirtless jogger.

Tahman came to WGN News with an extensive background of reporting breaking news having worked as a reporter on scene during the Boston Marathon Bombing, the Sandy Hook Elementary school tragedy and the crisis in Ferguson, Missouri. He’s also covered everything from tornadoes, hurricanes, political conventions to even presidential inaugurations.

Being a pioneer for ABC in “digital-journalism,” Tahman was assigned to cover the city of Detroit where he filed a series of in-depth reports. Among the stories he covered: the Christmas Day Underwear Bomber’s alleged attempt to take down Northwest Airlines Flight 253, the arrest of Michigan’s Hutaree militia and the U.S. auto industry’s transformation. In 2010, Tahman travelled the Gulf Coast for several months to report on the substantial devastation that happened during the BP oil spill.

Before reporting breaking news, Tahman worked numerous assignments for the network, including a stint as part of ABC’s team covering President Obama’s White House.

Tahman serves on the Society for Professional Journalists’ Chicago chapter “Headline Club” Board.  A graduate of Howard University in Washington, D.C., Tahman resides in the South Loop with his wife, Jennifer.


Vice President, Digital

 Lee Edwards is a multimedia/digital journalist who is currently the managing program coordinator for The Real Chi, an experimental “learning newsroom” program of Free Spirit Media based in Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood.

Prior to joining the Free Spirit Media, Lee spent the last six years as a digital journalist covering a wide spectrum of beats across the Chicagoland region as a former reporter/contributor with Block Club Chicago, The Chicago Defender, Austin Weekly News, Times Republic. and City Bureau among other media outlets.


 Vice President, Archive

Angel Idowu currently serves as the JCS Fund of the DuPage Foundation Arts Correspondent for WTTW’s Chicago Tonight, Black Voices and Latino Voices. As a Chicago native, this is a position Angel does not take lightly. It is really important to her to bring attention to communities that fostered her creative interest as an adolescent, because it is what ultimately led her to this point in her career. Her love for the arts extends beyond her work as a journalist. She is  also a developing screenwriter, runs her own production company, FoomiLOLA Media, and heads a nonprofit geared toward art education resources.  Before joining WTTW, Angel served as an evening producer and weekend reporter for WJTV12, a CBS affiliate in Jackson, MS. She received her Master’s in Journalism from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, and her undergraduate degree from Beloit College. Outside of work, Angel credits herself to being a total foodie and loves to try (not cook) new dishes whenever she can!



Josh McGhee covers courts, corrections and racial equity at Injustice Watch, a not-for-profit dedicated to exposing institutional failures obstructing justice and equality. He’s spent nearly a decade covering Chicago at various outlets including DNAinfo Chicago, The Chicago Reporter, and WVON.



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.