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Feb 10th

George Curry returns as editor of NNPA News Service

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w george curryWASHINGTON (NNPA) – Award-winning journalist George E. Curry has been named editor-in-chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service, a position he held from 2001-2007, it has been announced by Karl B. Rodney, chairman of the NNPA Foundation, which oversees the wire service.

“We are pleased that George Curry, a nationally-known journalist, has agreed to return to the NNPA family,” said Rodney, publisher of the New York Carib News. “Because he has served in the position before and knows Washington, D.C. so well, all of our newspapers will immediately benefit from George’s experience and contacts. I look forward to working with him again.”

Cloves Campbell, Jr., chairman of the NNPA, said: “George never really left the NNPA. He moderated many of our panels at our national conventions and has always been there when we needed him. We are delighted that he has agreed to direct the News Service.”

Curry was named Journalist of the Year in 2003 by the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) for overhauling the NNPA News Service. The University of Missouri School of Journalism presented him with its Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism, an honor it had earlier bestowed on such luminaries as Joseph Pulitzer, Walter Cronkite, John H. Johnson and Winston Churchill.

Curry is the former editor of Emerge magazine. Under his leadership, Emerge won more than 40 national journalism awards. He launched a 4-year campaign that led to President Bill Clinton  pardoning Kemba Smith, a 22-year-old woman who was given a mandatory 24 ½ year prison sentence for her minor role in a drug ring. While serving as editor of Emerge, Curry was elected president of the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME), the first African-American to hold the organization’s top post.

Prior to running the NNPA News Service, Curry was also a reporter for Sports Illustrated, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and served as a Washington correspondent and New York bureau chief for the Chicago Tribune.

“I am elated to return to the NNPA News Service,” Curry said. “This is a crucial time for the Black Press and I am happy to be part of reinvigorating a wire service that serves more than 200 African-American newspapers.”

During his first tenure with the News Service, Curry was inside the Supreme Court to hear oral arguments in the landmark University of Michigan affirmative action cases and travelled to Doha, Qatar to report on America’s war with Iraq.

He is the author of three books and has appeared on numerous national television programs, including CBS Evening News, ABC’s World News Tonight, the Today Show, Nightline, 20/20 and Good Morning America. His work in journalism has taken him to Egypt, France, Italy, Germany, Malaysia, Thailand, Cuba, Ghana, Nigeria, the Ivory Coast, Mexico, Canada and Austria.

In addition to supervising the NNPA News Service, Curry will also be responsible for content posted on, the publishers’ public Web site.
Curry has selected two journalists to serve as Washington correspondents for the NNPA News Service.

One of them, Akeya Dickson worked as a reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press and as a metropolitan reporter and a social media manager for the Washington Post. She interned for Reuters News Service, Black Entertainment Television (BET) and participated in the New York Times Summer Institute.

Like Dickson, Freddie Allen is a graduate of Howard University. At Howard, he was a staff writer, photo editor and general manager of the District Chronicles. He also served as editor-in-chief of Ledge, a magazine devoted to healthy lifestyles and HIV/AIDS awareness among young people of color. He traveled with the Black AIDS Institute to international conferences on AIDS in Bangkok and Toronto.

“I am elated that I will get an opportunity to help further develop the careers of Akeya Dickson and Freddie Allen,” Curry said. “They are extremely talented and I look forward to showcasing their work in our NNPA newspapers and on”

In addition to Dickson and Allen, Kyle S. Yeldell will continue to serve as Program Activities Coordinator, a position he has held since last fall. Yeldell is a graduate of Morehouse College, where he served as sports editor and editor-in-chief of the Maroon Tiger, the student newspaper. After college, Yeldell wrote for TransWorldNews and Rowdy Films, the film company owned by Grammy Award-winning producer Dallas Austin.

“Kyle, who has expertise and an interest in digital technology, will also serve as our digital manager,” Curry said. “We plan to expand our digital footprint and have a more active presence in social media. Kyle has the talent and vision to help us dramatically improve in that area.”

Curry added, “I am proud of the team we have assembled.  We will all be working to supply NNPA papers with the first-rate stories and digital content our readers deserve.”

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