National Association of Black Journalists


                                   Priebus          Wasserman Schultz            Baquet

National Leaders in Media and Politics Come to #NABJ14 in Boston this Summer

RNC Chair Reince Priebus,
DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet, Among Convention Headliners
WASHINGTON, DC (June 12, 2014) - The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) will hold its 39th Annual Convention and Career Fair, July 30- Aug. 3, in Boston. During the convention, attendees can expect to hear from national leaders from the worlds of media, politics, and culture.
Republican and Democratic Party Chairs Featured as Plenary Speakers  
With midterm elections scheduled this fall, considered an early indicator of the 2016 presidential contest, ongoing questions about voting rights in several states, and the frequent discussion of identity politics, NABJ convention planners felt it is important to hear from the leaders of the nation's leading political parties.  

Reince Priebus was elected Chairman of the Republican National Committee in January 2011 and reelected in January last year. His work leading his party's platform, support of GOP candidates, and daily operations has won him many fans who credit his passion and management skills with many of the Republican Party's recent successes. An attorney by training, Priebus had been a volunteer at the national level and chairman of the Republican Party of Wisconsin, where he assisted with  successful statewide campaigns for national and local offices.

Priebus will give remarks and be interviewed on Thursday, July 31, during the association's opening plenary. The interview will be conducted by CNN's Michaela Pereira and Kelly Wright of FOX News.  


"I appreciate President Butler's invitation to address NABJ membership and look forward to discussing our ongoing efforts to engage black voters, expand the dialogue in communities across the country and inform the very journalists who help shape the views of a very important constituency, Priebus said."


U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) is the current chair of the Democratic National Committee, elected in May 2011. As her party's leader, she works to promote the Democratic Party's ideals and values, to support President Barack Obama's goals and objectives and to campaign for Democratic candidates across the nation at the local, state and national levels.


"I'm thrilled to be joining some of the nation's best reporters in Boston this summer ahead of the fall elections," Wasserman Schultz said.


"The 2014 midterms are critical to the country's future, and Democrats are working in cities, counties, and states across America to create opportunity for all, and not just a few. I look forward to continuing that discussion with those who will tell that story to voters this year and beyond."


Wasserman Schultz address convention attendees on Friday, August 1. The discussion will be moderated by ABC News/Good Morning America correspondent Mara Schiavocampo and Wesley Lowery, who covers Congress and National Politics for the Washington Post.   

"As is often expected, African-American voters are a key demographic in the upcoming election cycle, but some civil rights groups have sounded the alarm about threats to one person, one vote. It is important that our members hear and can report about from all angles about the black vote especially ahead of crucial elections nationwide which could tip the balance of power from Washington to beyond," added Butler.

First African American Editor of The New York Times Dean Baquet Comes to NABJ

NABJ is pleased to announce that Dean Baquet, executive editor of The New York Times, will appear at convention. Named to the paper's top post in May after serving as its managing editor, Baquet is the first African-American to oversee the Times' newsroom. Baquet also served as editor and managing editor of The Los Angeles Times. In a prior stint at The New York Times, he was both an editor and a reporter. He has also worked for The Times-Picayune in New Orleans and for The Chicago Tribune, where he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting in 1988.  

"A Conversation with Dean Baquet", is scheduled for Thursday afternoon and the  interview will be conducted by CNN's Stephanie Elam.

"The conversation we expect to have with Dean Baquet regarding his extraordinary appointment, his noteworthy career, and the changes expected in the media industry going forward will be eye-opening and thought provoking for all our members," Butler said.

In the coming weeks, the lineup of NABJ's Convention & Career Fair will be finalized and more special guests will be announced.

To register for  NABJ's 39th Convention and Career Fair, go to  our website, There you will also find information about sponsorship opportunities. Follow us on Twitter for updates, @NABJ  #NABJ14.
Members of the working press who wish to cover this forum will need to obtain press credentials. To obtain credentials please apply for a media credential, here.

An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation, and provides career development as well as educational and other support to its members worldwide.  


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Aprill O. Turner