The Rochester Association of
Black Journalists

The Rochester Association of Black Journalists is a chapter of
the National Association of Black Journalists that covers the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York.
The organization works to groom future journalists of color, help chapter members thrive in their current roles, and advocate for African-Americans to be depicted in a fair and balanced way in the media.

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.

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.

Join RABJ for our monthly meetings at WXXI Public Broadcasting Council on 280 State St.

Click here to see our calender. 
Meet The Executive Board
Richard J. McCollough
"RABJ is a much needed watchdog for the local news media. I cannot imagine not having an organization making sure there is diversity in the news media."
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. 
Joanne Gordon
Vice President
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.
"Defining myself, as opposed to being defined by others, is one of the most difficult challenges I face"
Kevin Hicks
Vice President
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. 
"Lah Dee Dah"

Vice President
Digital Media 
"To be determined..." 

Ericka Wilson
Erika Wilson is a news producer for WHEC-TV 10 NBC in Rochester.

The Chicago native who studied broadcast journalism and English at Northern Illinois University before graduating in December 2011. At NIU, Wilson served as president of the university's student chapter of NABJ.

Wilson is an Emmy award-winning producer who aspires to become a news director. 
"Direct the energy of frustration towards a positive purpose!"
Rashad Smith
Rashad J. Smith is the community engagement manager for 105.5 The Beat, Rochester's new urban radio station for Hip Hop and R&B. He is also a contributing writer to several local publications and an educator in the Rochester City School District. A Rochester native, Rashad holds a bachelor's degree from Johnson C. Smith University. 
"To be determined..."

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

"Through journalism, you can not only do public service but impact your community."