WABJ Named Finalist for NABJ Chapter of the Year

We are incredibly proud to share that WABJ is a finalist for the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) 2023 Professional Chapter of the Year. This recognition is a result of YOUR continued engagement and support, which has made WABJ more vibrant as we work to be better advocates and increase our impact across the region.

The other finalist is the New York Association of Black Journalists, NABJ announced Friday. The winner will be announced during the opening ceremony of the NABJ Convention & Career Fair in Birmingham on Wednesday, August 2.

Two WABJ Members Are NABJ Hall of Fame Inductees

WABJ also sends heartfelt congratulations to members Dr. Sheila Brooks and Gwen Tolbart, who are among an esteemed group of seven Black media professionals to be inducted into the NABJ Hall of Fame this summer.

Brooks is an accomplished entrepreneur, author, Emmy-award-winning journalist, and expert in multicultural marketing, energy and utilities, public health communications, and entrepreneurial education. Brooks, founder, president and CEO of SRB Communications, has more than four decades of trailblazing leadership in media and communications in D.C. She is the founder of NABJ’s Student Multimedia Projects and previously received NABJ’s Ida B. Wells Award.

Tolbart is an Emmy-award-winning television broadcaster. She is a weather anchor and feature reporter at FOX5DC, where she has impacted the community and told powerful stories for the last 21 years. Her career began in her hometown of Montreal, Quebec as host of the Black Community Communications Media’s show, “Black Is.” A trailblazer, she was the first African Canadian weather anchor on both Canada’s national Weather Network and Montreal’s CTV’s CFCF-12.

Read More Here: NABJ Announces 2023 Hall of Fame Inductees and Special Honors Recipients


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.