Pictured Above: NABJElects New President and Executive Board top l/r Madison Carter, Al Vaughters, Eva Doyle, Shantee Perkins, Fadia Patterson
Twenty years after its founding the Buffalo Association of Black Journalists has elected a new leader, WKBW Anchor & Investigative Reporter Madison Carter WKBW . Carter will now serve as the second President and first female at the helm of the chapter that is part of the National Association of Black Journalists.
Outgoing BABJ President Rod Watson of the The Buffalo News said in a statement :
“Madison’s energy, new ideas and enthusiasm for moving the chapter forward are just what BABJ needs to take us into the 2020s. The initiative she demonstrated in bringing together the market’s newer journalists, forming committees and getting the BABJ involved in events it had never been involved in before – such as the 2019 Juneteenth Festival – are just a precursor of what she will do as president. The association couldn’t be in better hands.”
Three BABJ members were re-elected to the board including founding member, News 4 Buffalo WIVB Al Vaughters who will continue serving as Vice President of Broadcast. Buffalo Criterion writer & educator, Eva Doyle remains as Vice President of Print. Independent Producer, radio & TV Host, Shantee Perkins is the chapter’s Secretary.
The role of Vice President of Multimedia is new for the chapter. Spectrum News Buffalo Reporter and ‘NABJ baby’ Fadia Patterson TV was elected for the post.
“Fadia has single-handedly reinvigorated the BABJ’s social media presence,” said outgoing BABJ President, Rod Watson of the Buffalo News. “This has resulted in new members, increased scholarship applications and even donations from around the country via the Network for Good – all because of the social media presence we never had before. Without a doubt, she was our 2019 MVP and was the perfect pick to fill the new role of vice president of multimedia.”
BABJ is now the fastest growing chapter within Region I of The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). NABJ is an organization of journalists, students and media-related professionals that provides quality programs and services to and advocates on behalf of Black journalists worldwide.