Archive for August, 2021

KCABJ Newsletter for August 2021
August 19, 2021


   Harold Kuntz, Fox 4 Sports Anchor, was sworn in as the Kansas City Association of Black Journalists’ new president. Kuntz replaces Kaci Jones, who left Kansas City earlier this year for a broadcast TV anchor position in Charlotte, N.C.

   KCABJ also picked Jackson Kurtz, with KMBC-TV, Channel 9, as its new vice president/broadcast. He replaces Breland Moore, who left Kansas City earlier this year for a broadcast sports anchor job in Philadelphia. Kaci and Breland were instrumental in re-energizing KCABJ, which in December will celebrate its 40th anniversary. KCABJ now has an executive board opening for parliamentarian, which Kuntz vacated to become KCABJ president.

   The membership also was informed that the NABJ Watch Party, which had been set for Aug. 21, has been postponed. Locally, it was to have occurred from 2 to 4 p.m. at The Kansas City Star conference room. KCABJ Vice President/Print Cortlynn Stark and former KCABJ President Glenn E. Rice were to have been the hosts. KCABJ also was approved for a $500 grant from NABJ for the event. However, the money and the gathering will likely be channeled into a KCABJ holiday/40th anniversary party. The new more contagious coronavirus delta variant is the reason for the change.

   In other business:

  • KCABJ member Darren Smith said he hopes some of our local media can inquire about minority hire at Sports Radio 810; Chad Boger is the owner.
  • The PR head of the Kansas City Chiefs is Ted Cruz. Harold is exploring the possibility of having him as a guest speaker at a KCABJ meeting.
  • KCABJ members are looking at a potential Youth Scholarship in Terez Paylor’s honor. Paylor had been a KCABJ member and covered the Kansas City Chiefs as a sportswriter for The Kansas City Star and later Yahoo Sports. He died unexpectedly in February 2021 at age 37.
  • KCABJ currently awards four scholarships, which are the Roy Wilkins, Lucile Bluford, Laura Hockaday and Nancy Diuguid scholarships. They had gone to the top students in the KCABJ Urban Student Journalism Academy. Members are exploring reviving the academy for 2022, starting with working with area high school journalism educators to make them aware of the academy for students interested in journalism careers and the scholarships.

   During the Aug. 14 KCABJ meeting, members heard from Pastor Darron Edwards and Ron Lindsay with Getting to the Heart of the Matter. The organization seeks to bridge the gap between police and the community to reduce crime. The group is pushing for a U.S. Department of Justice investigation into Kansas City Police Department. Lindsay said an explosive tension exists between the Police Department and the Black community. Change will only follow a serious investigation into the Police Department.

News You Can Use

   KCABJ member India Williams shares that Crossroads Charter Schools is seeking a chief communications and strategy officer. For more information, send email to

   The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism is seeking Student Innovation entries. The deadline is Oct. 31, 2021. For more information, go to Student Innovation Competition – RJI ( First place price is $10,000.

   The Reynolds Institute is seeking nominations of a journalist of color for a leadership coaching position. The deadline is Aug. 27. For more information, go to Reynolds Journalism Institute Submission Manager – Leadership Coaching Nomination (

   The Reynolds Institute on Oct. 8 plans to hold a forum to connect journalism research with practice. To register for this event, go to Webinar Registration – Zoom.

   Network Connectors is seeking writers to capture the stories of emerging nonprofits and neighborhood leaders serving families in Kansas City’s urban core. The stories will be posted online. For more information, contact Alan DuBois at

   The Austin American Statesman is seeking a full-time columnist. For more information, go to Career Portal (

   The Sacramento Bee is seeking an editorial board member. For more information, go to McClatchy (

   The Columbus Dispatch is seeking an assistant editor. For more information, go to Assistant Editor – Career Portal (

   USA Today is seeking an assistant opinion editor. For more information, go to Assistant Opinion Editor – Career Portal (

   The Panama City News Herald is seeking an opinion page editor. For more information, go to Opinion Editor – FL/Panama City – Career Portal (

   The Wichita Eagle is seeking an opinion editor. For more information, go to McClatchy (

   The Idaho Statesman is seeking an opinion writer. For more information, go to McClatchy (