Breaking NewsD&IPeople‘Finally!’ — Black and Hispanic Journalists flocked to Las Vegas

The Career Fair draws hundreds of recruiters from top media companies and journalism schools.
Angela DodsonAugust 15, 20225 min

Marcom Weekly hosted a reception for changemakers and influencers within the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists at their joint convention Aug. 3 to 7 in Las Vegas at Caesar’s Palace.

Black and Latino journalists were able to gather in person after two years of COVID restrictions.

Michael Days, Marcom Weekly co-managing editor; Debra Adams Simmons, executive editor for culture, National Geographic; and Leisa Richardson, executive editor at The State Journal-Register Springfield, Illinois.

At the opening ceremony on Wednesday, NABJ President Dorothy Tucker greeted the crowd with one word. “Finally!”

Nora Lopez, president of NAHJ, told them, “We are powerful forces as Black and Brown journalists united with purpose in our storytelling and elevating our membership into leadership roles to create lasting change.”

Tucker told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that at least 5,000 were expected at the conference.



Publisher Kyle Rosenbaum greets guests at the Marcom Weekly reception. Among them were Walter T. Middlebrook, professor at Pennsylvania State University, left. Far right is Jabari Young, a sports business reporter at Forbes magazine.


The #NABJNAHJ22 Career Fair draws hundreds of recruiters from top media companies and journalism schools from around the world, and the convention draws top journalists, media executives, educators, public relations professionals and students.


Walter T. Middlebrook, Penn State professor; Angela P. Dodson, co-managing editor, Marcom Weekly; Audrey Edwards, author “American Runaway” and former executive editor for Essence magazine; and Michael Days, co-managing editor, Marcom Weekly

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre addressed the convention on Saturday, speaking with Tucker and López about her role and her experience as the first Black and openly LGBTQ+ person to hold the position. 

“It is not lost on me what this role means to so many young people out there,” Jean- Pierre said. “It is important to have representation. It is important to have people to look like me and people to look like all of you, but it’s also important to do the action and also to deliver.”

As a Haitian American, Pierre is also the first Caribbean person to hold this position.

Attendees included Roland Martin, broadcast commentator and author; Kevin Merida, executive editor at the Los Angeles Times; Dean Baquet, recently retired as executive editor of The New York Times; White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor of PBS and MSNBC; MSNBC’s José Díaz-Balart, Elie Mystal of the Nation, and ESPN’s Elle Duncan.

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