WABJ wins professional chapter of the year!

The Washington Association of Black Journalists (WABJ) has just been named 2023 Professional Chapter of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists. The announcement was made during the opening ceremony of the NABJ Convention & Career Fair in Birmingham on Wednesday evening.

WABJ, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit, represents more than 300 members and offers year-round professional development programming. In addition, the organization hosts networking events, and advocates for diversity, equity and inclusion at local media companies and accurate news coverage of issues impacting the Black community in the region.

WABJ continues to see exponential growth in our membership, thanks to our executive board, committees and volunteers who have worked tirelessly to produce new and improved professional development workshops, training and networking events. We hosted a sold-out, inaugural awards gala in December, which generated local and national media coverage, and we are continuously working to improve our longstanding Urban Journalism Workshop for local high school students.

Khorri Atkinson, president of WABJ, says winning this award is an extreme honor for the chapter.

“This award is for our incredible leadership team, members and partners that helped us to reshape our vision and mission to meet the needs of this moment in the media industry,” Atkinson said. “Thank you for your unwavering support. Work continues.”

WABJ will celebrate this honor on Wednesday, August 30, 2023 at Swahili Village Bar and Grill. Save the date and stay tuned for more information.


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.