Annual Edition 'Buying Power of
Black America' report breaks down billions in expenditures Black
consumers are responding to tighter economic condition by focusing more of
their spending on items and services that improve their homes and
lifestyle. That's one of the trends revealed in the 15th annual report,
"The Buying Power of Black America," published by Target Market News. The
report analyzes spending for black households in 2008 and finds that
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Ellison, first black to head White House reporters' association, dies at
Washington Post (June
3, 2010) Bob Ellison, 67, a radio reporter who was the first African
American journalist to serve as president of the White House
Correspondents' Association, died May 24 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. He
was a District resident and had emphysema.
Mr. Ellison spent 14 years as the White House correspondent for the
Sheridan Broadcasting Network (later known as the American Urban Radio
Networks). He covered the Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Clinton
administrations, providing reports on major issues for a primarily black
In 1991, while serving his one-year term as president of the White House
Correspondents' Association, Mr. Ellison directed the planning of the
group's annual spring gathering, which traditionally draws stars from
the media and entertainment worlds.
He selected comedian Sinbad as the gala's entertainer and introduced
President George H.W. Bush at the banquet.
Current White House Correspondents' Association President Edwin Chen
said in a statement that Mr. Ellison "was a pioneering journalist,
shattering a glass ceiling when he became the first minority to serve as
president of the White House Correspondents' Association, and he served
with great distinction."
In 1994, Mr. Ellison joined Walls Communications, a public relations
firm where he served as senior vice president for media relations. His
clients included AT&T, Denny's restaurants, Shell Oil, the National
Urban League, Freddie Mac, the U.S Marines and U.S. Army. He retired in
2007 but continued consulting with the company until his death.
Robert Munroe Ellison was born Sept. 22, 1942 in New York City and had a
track scholarship to St. John's University, where he set several school
records in sprint events and competed against Olympic champions. He
later ran for the New York Pioneer track club.
After graduating from St. John's, Mr. Ellison taught at a junior high
school in Queens, N.Y., before joining the U.S. Agency for International
Development in 1969. From 1970 to 1978, he served in Ethiopia, Thailand
After settling in Washington in 1978, Mr. Ellison became a newscaster
and host for WOOK-FM radio before moving to the American Urban Radio
He was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in the District. In recent
years, he was an avid cyclist.
His marriages to Diane O'Reilly Ellison and Elaine Ellison ended in
Survivors include his wife of 24 years, Pamela Crane Ellison of
Washington; three children from his first marriage, Robert M. Ellison
Jr. of Ashburn, Michelle Ellison of Reston and Michael Ellison of
Detroit; a daughter from his second marriage, Renee Ellison of Norfolk;
a daughter from his third marriage, Angel Ellison of Washington; two
stepchildren, Emily A. Bailiff of San Diego and David S. Engle of
Gaithersburg; a brother; and six granddaughters.