WASHINGTON, D.C.  – Maria Douglas Reeve and Bernadette Brown have been named program chairs for the upcoming National Association of Black Journalists’ #NABJ19 Convention and Career Fair.

“I am excited about the breadth of experience and dedication that Bernadette and Maria will bring to this year’s convention,” said National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) President Sarah Glover. “The caliber of programming NABJ conventions offer is recognized nationally and we can’t wait for our members to see what we have in store this year.”

Douglas Reeve is the assistant managing editor for news at the Star Tribune and is currently president of the Twin Cities Black Journalists. She played an integral role in the local chapter’s planning of the 2015 NABJ Convention and Career Fair in Minneapolis and has been a member of NABJ for more than 20 years. She earned her master’s degree in public affairs journalism at the University of Maryland and a bachelor’s degree in English from Davidson College. Douglas Reeve is also a former national board member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). At SPJ, she co-chaired the program planning committee for that organization’s 1996 National Convention. She is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

“I am absolutely thrilled to again be tapped to co-chair the Program Committee for NABJ’s National Convention," said Douglas Reeve. "I am excited to work with Bernadette to bring our members the sharpest, most relevant, cutting-edge training that reflects the convention’s theme (to be revealed in the coming days). We look forward to welcoming everyone to sunny South Florida.”

Brown is an expert in news operations, programming and development and serves as manager for CNN Newsource Newsgathering. She is an active member of NABJ, holding several positions including serving as a regional director and most recently executive producer during the 2018 convention. Brown received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Radio/Television from Sam Houston State University and is a graduate of the Frank N. Magid Management Institute and The Poynter Institute Leadership Academy. She has also served as a proud member of the National Association of Multi-Ethnicity in Communications and is a graduate of the organization’s leadership academy.

"I am excited to co-chair this year’s convention alongside Maria," said Brown. "The institution of journalism is critically important in this country and this annual convention serves as a meeting of the minds where journalists of color can share resources, learn new skills and foster important and life-long relationships. I’m proud to be a part of the team presenting one of the most exciting and well-attended gatherings. The entire convention committee is dedicated to its success."

The #NABJ19 Convention and Career Fair, which takes place Aug. 7 – Aug. 11 in Miami, is expected to draw more than 4,000 attendees and has in the past attracted sitting presidents, leaders in politics, business, media and entertainment.

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