THE ROCHESTER ASSOCIATION OF BLACK JOURNALISTS
"Honoring the Past, Working for the Future"


ABOUT US

RABJ

Mission:
The Rochester Association of Black Journalists strives to help ensure diversity in area media and accurate, balanced coverage of communities of color while serving as a resource for both established and aspiring communicators of African descent.

Purpose: 
RABJ brings together people of color who work in the media, or media-related jobs throughout the Rochester area. We provide professional support and development for journalist of color and awards scholarships to promising young black students who plan to pursue careers as journalists.

Membership and Organization:
The Rochester Association of Black Journalists is a professional organization whose membership includes journalists from area print, TV, radio and online outlets. Also, public relations and communications professionals serve as members, along with educators and anyone else in a media or media-related profession. Student memberships are available for those who are training to begin journalism as a career.

Meetings:
Join RABJ for our monthly meetings. We get together on the second Saturday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Immaculate Conception St. Bridget’s Church, 445 Frederick Douglass St, Rochester, NY 14608. 
Meet The Executive Board
Richard J. McCollough
Richard J. McCollough serves as president of the Rochester Association of Black Journalists. The Washington D.C. native became Rochester's first African-American metereologist when he worked at WHAM 13. McCollough is a 37-year veteran of television and radio broadcasting who has worked at NBC, ABC, CBS, and PBS affiliates in Baltimore, Los Angeles, Cincinnati and Rochester. In 1988, he founded Mirusmedia with a clear mission of producing network quality television and video productions. 
President
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Joanne Gordon
Joanne Gordon serves as Vice President of Broadcast with the Rochester Association of Black Journalists.  Originally from Buffalo, she is Senior Video Editor for WXXI Public Broadcasting Council and has been with the company for 32 years.
Vice President
Broadcast
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Kevin Hicks
Kevin Hicks serves as vice president for print for the Rochester Association of Black Journalists. The freelance journalist and Rochester native is also acting secretary for the chapter. 
Vice President
Print
(acting secretary)
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Khristopher J. Brooks
Khristopher J. Brooks serves as vice president for digital media for the Rochester Association of Black Journalists. He is an award-winning reporter who has covered education, politics, business and government at newspapers in Virginia, Nebraska, Florida and New York. He works as a reporter for Newsday on Long Island. A Detroit native, Brooks holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Central Michigan University and a master's degree in Literary Reportage from New York University. 
Vice President
Digital Media 
"The work we do as journalists is the very backbone of supporting and defending American democracy." 
Sasha-Ann Simons
Sasha-Ann Simons serves as treasurer for the Rochester Association of Black Journalists. She works as a multimedia reporter/producer at WXXI News where she tells stories about the innovation economy and technology in upstate New York and also does general assignment reporting. Simons is also the host of Arts InFocus, WXXI-TV's weekly arts and culture program. A native of Jamaica, Simons spent her formative years in Toronto. She studied broadcasting at Ryerson University, where she received a bachelor's degree in journalism.


Treasurer
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Dolores Orman
Dolores Orman serves as parliamentarian for the Rochester Association of Black Journalists.
She retired as a reporter from the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle. 
Parliamentarian
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