President’s Message

Since 1975, WABJ has been navigating various challenges and opportunities to meet the needs of the moment in this even

The physical distance and challenges the COVID-19 pandemic caused over the past few years did not stop us from making tremendous strides. WABJ quadrupled its membership since 2021, offered dozens of hands-on training workshops and programming that connected members with newsroom managers, and improved outreach efforts. Among other things, we revamped our operating and governing structures, and created an awards program to celebrate Washington, D.C. area Black media professionals and journalism educators for their outstanding career achievements.

WABJ’s leadership is working to elevate the legacy of our founders who paved the way for young journalists like myself. And we are also recognizing the changing nature of the media industry by refocusing our priorities and goals to be better advocates for our members.

We welcome new partnerships to support Black media professionals in the nation’s capital and ensure newsrooms across the region are diverse as their readers, viewers and listeners. Your support ensures WABJ’s mission is successfully delivered. 

Khorri A. Atkinson
President, Washington Association of Black Journalists