WABJ Celebrates Life of Longtime Member Korie D. Rose

The Washington Association of Black Journalists (WABJ) wishes to extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of longtime member, volunteer, and digital journalist Korie D. Rose, who passed away last week.

Rose, 37, was an alumnus of our Urban Journalism Workshop (UJW), an annual program for D.C. area high school students. He returned to UJW each year during his professional career in D.C. to mentor students.

Rose was a video editor at WJLA-TV/ABC7. Previously, he held various positions in TV news production at stations including Nexstar Media Group’s DC News Now, Newsy and ABC11 Raleigh-Durham. Among his family and friends, he was known for his zeal for journalism, shopping/couponing, cooking, and Starbucks Coffee.

“The WABJ community is saddened by Korie’s passing. He’s been an active member for years, and UJW was his biggest passion throughout his yearslong service,” said WABJ President Khorri Atkinson. “We extend our sincere condolences to his family, friends, colleagues, and mentees.”

“Where most people shy from challenges and shun change, Korie leaned in. His sense of adventure and curiosity made him a great journalist, and his energy made him a beloved mentor to every high school student he coached,” said Juliet Beverly, a former WABJ board member, volunteer, and close friend of Rose. “He was an example of what it looks like to make the most of each day in dedication to the work, the city, and the people we love.”

Rose will be missed and remembered fondly. WABJ will share information about his memorial service when arrangements are finalized.


Founded in 1975, the Washington Association of Black Journalists is an organization of Black journalists, journalism professors, public relations professionals and student journalists in the D.C., metro area. WABJ provides members with ongoing professional education opportunities and advocates for greater diversification of the profession.