Archive for August, 2019

KCABJ Newsletter for August 2019
August 20, 2019


Please welcome Jonathan McCall to Kansas City. He can be reached at He is the new weekend anchor/reporter at Fox 4 WDAF-TV. One of his first moves was to reach out to KCABJ to learn how he could get involved with the organization. KCABJ needs more members like this.

Spots are still available for the trip to Cuba, which KCABJ Treasurer Bette Tate-Beaver is offering KCABJ members. People throughout the United States have signed up for this opportunity. KCABJ members last went with Bette to Cuba in 2016 when Barack Obama was president of the United States. Because Cuba is politically aligned with Venezuela, and the U.S. is disputing the outcome of the Venezuelan presidential election, U.S. President Donald Trump is applying pressure on Cuba and making travel by U.S. citizens to Cuba more difficult. Bette and her connections in Cuba are making this cultural and professional exchange possible. This will be the sixth group Bette has led to the island nation about the size of California just 90 miles south of the coast of Florida.

The trip is being offered through the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME), whose international conference this year is in Tucson, Ariz., with its theme, “Decolonizing Minds: Forging a New Future Through Multicultural Education.” Bette is the executive director of NAME and has led educators on nearly a dozen trips through China in addition to Cuba.

The dates of the Cuba trip are Nov. 22-Dec. 1. The 2019 group of up to 25 people will begin the journey in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., before flying to Cuba. The Thanksgiving tour will include visits to several must-see sites throughout the country as well as a deep dive into Cuban food, music, dance, arts, history and culture. To reserve a spot and for more information, send email to


The National Association of Black Journalists is surveying its members to learn whether they are satisfied with their jobs. To learn more or to take the survey, go to

NABJ elected its vice president, broadcast, Dorothy Tucker, as the 22nd president of the association. Tucker, an investigative reporter for CBS 2 Chicago, picked up 411 votes, defeating Gregory Lee Jr., senior managing director of the Athletic, (203 votes); and Marlon Walker, education reporter at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (138 votes).

Tucker joined CBS 2 Chicago from KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh, Pa, where she worked as a general assignment reporter and talk show host. Before that, Tucker worked at KWGN-TV in Denver, REG-TV in Memphis (1979-80). Tucker began her broadcasting career in Peoria, Ill., at WMBD-TV, after serving as an intern at CBS 2 Chicago in 1977. Tucker previously served on the NABJ Board of Directors as Region V Director.

About her election, Tucker said: “I talk for a living, but I am speechless…. I am humbled by your support over the last few months. One of the greatest things about running for this position is the opportunity to meet so many members and engage with you. I promise I will earn your vote and respect. I will represent everyone.”

In other results, Ken Lemon won as vice president, broadcast; Roland Martin as vice president, digital; Cheryl Smith as secretary; Tory Parrish as Region 1 director; Rod Carter as Region 3 director; and Enjoyiana Nururdin as student representative. Amendment Proposal 1, which included reducing the NABJ board from 14 to 11 members, failed because it did not receive the required two-thirds vote total for the amendment to be adopted. Amendment Proposal 2, which clarifies lifetime membership eligibility passed.

The election results were announced at NABJ’s 2019 Convention & Career Fair in Miami. 2,102 votes were cast by eligible NABJ members in this year’s election.

KC People

Former KCABJ President Darryll L. Fortune got a nice write-up in the summer 2019 issue of the Jayhawk Journalist, an alumni magazine for the William Allen White School of Journalism & Mass Communications at the University of Kansas-Lawrence. Darryll, a 1983 KU J-School graduate, is the principal consultant of SmallFortune Public Relations & Marketing, LLC in Milwaukee. Darryll hosts a talk radio show, “A Brand New You,” “a self-help program focused on taking positive actions to overcome barriers in life,” the magazine reports. Darryll also co-owns FortuNuts (, a packaged nuts business with his wife, Melanie Fortune, who also is a KU graduate. Way to go, Darryll!

For Members Only

If there is a news story or piece — print, broadcast, new media, talk show, speech or lecture — that you are particularly proud of, please send the link to so that it can be posted on the KCABJ website. This opportunity is for KCABJ members only.

How can you become a member of KCABJ?

KCABJ Membership Application for 2019

Mail this application with your $35 check or money order ($25 for students) to KCABJ, P.O. Box 32744, Kansas City, Mo. 64171. It covers your annual membership dues. Membership entitles you to receive the KCABJ monthly newsletter sent via email and emailed monthly meeting notices.









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