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Times Elected President of National Association of Black Journalists Bob Butler and Deirdre M. Childress elected vice presidents, CNN's
Roland Martin elected secretary
8, 2009) The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) today
announced that Kathy Times has been elected the 18th President of the
3,200-member organization. Also elected to serve for the 2009-11 term
are Vice President-Print Deirdre M. Childress of the Philadelphia
Inquirer and Vice President-Broadcast Bob Butler of KCBS Radio in San
Times, an anchor for WDBD-TV in Jackson, Miss., won the election with
325 votes or 57 percent of the vote, defeating opponent Angelo
Henderson, a Radio One Talk Show Host, writer and president of Angeloink,
The election results were announced at a 6 p.m. press conference
following the closing of the polls at the Tampa Convention Center, site
of the 2009 NABJ Annual Convention and Career Fair. More than 1,300
votes were cast by eligible NABJ members in this year's election,
conducted online between June 8 and 5 p.m. today.
"This next Board will pick up the gauntlet at a historic moment in
journalism's evolution," said Melanie Burney, NABJ Elections Committee
Chair. "These individuals will help to lead our organization to the new
frontier of journalism."
Times, who completes a term as Vice President- Broadcast, replaces
current President Barbara Ciara, managing editor/ anchor for WTKR in
Norfolk, Va., whose term in office ends Sunday.
"We have a lot of work to do and I want to say to you that we will hit
the ground running," Times told a packed room at the Marriott Waterside
Hotel and Marina in Tampa where the election results were announced.
"Advocacy is part of our mission, it is what we do, it is what we are
A total of 12 Board members were chosen by the membership to lead the
organization for the next two years. Board members re-elected for a
second term in uncontested races include Treasurer Gregory Lee Jr.,
Parliamentarian Tonju Francois, Region III Director Ken Knight, Region V
Director Cindy George, and Associate Representative Aprill O. Turner.
Katina Revels won a first term in an unopposed race for Region I
Director. Winning re-election in a contested race was Region II Director
Charles Robinson III, and winning a first term in Region IV was Keith
Reed. CNN analyst Roland Martin was elected secretary in another
Georgia Dawkins, a student at Florida A&M University, was elected
Student Representative. No candidates ran for Region VI Director, which
will be appointed by the new president upon taking office.