Gregory Lee Elected as 19th President of National Association of Black Journalists|- Errin Haines Elected Vice President of Print, Cindy George Elected Parliamentarian, Student Representative Race Tied, Run-off Election in a Few Weeks

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    Gregory_Lee.jpgGregory Lee Elected as 19th President of National Association of Black
    Journalists|- Errin Haines Elected Vice President of Print, Cindy George Elected Parliamentarian, Student
    Representative Race Tied, Run-off Election in a Few Weeks -

    (BLACK PR WIRE)–PHILADELPHIA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The National Association of Black

    Journalists (NABJ) announces that Gregory Lee, Jr. has been elected the 19th President of the

    organization.

    Lee, the Senior Assistant Sports Editor at The Boston Globe and the current NABJ Treasurer,

    won the election with 294 votes, 57% of the vote, defeating opponent Deirdre Childress of The

    Philadelphia Inquirer who received 168 votes. Charles Robinson of Maryland Public Television

    received 50 votes.

    Born in New Orleans, LA, Lee is the eldest of three children. The 37 year-old is the youngest

    elected president of the 3,400 member organization. He has also worked for The Times-Picayune

    and The Washington Post. During his career in NABJ Lee served for four years as the national

    secretary and has also served an unprecedented four terms as chair of the Sports Journalism Task

    Force.

    The election results were announced at a 7:00 p.m. press conference yesterday following

    the closing of the polls at the Philadelphia Convention Center, site of the 2011 NABJ Annual

    Convention and Career Fair. 515 votes were cast by eligible NABJ members in this year’s election,

    conducted online between June 3 and 5 p.m. yesterday.

    “It is both a privilege and an honor to have been elected to lead NABJ and I stand ready to

    continue to serve. There is a lot of work to be done,” Lee told a packed room at the Philadelphia

    Convention Center in downtown Philadelphia once the election results were announced, joined by

    his parents and brother. “I’m so very honored and humbled by this awesome responsibility that I

    have with my team for the next two years,” said Lee.

    A total of 13 board members were chosen by the membership to lead the organization for the

    next two years. Board members elected in uncontested races include Treasurer-elect Keith Reed,

    Secretary-elect Lisa Cox, Region III Director-elect Dedrick Russell, Region IV Director-elect AJ

    Ross, Region VI Director-elect Michelle Fitzhugh-Craig and Associate Representative-elect Dawn

    Angelique Roberts.

    Winning elections in contested races were newly elected Vice President of Print Errin Haines

    of The Associated Press defeating freelance reporter Denise Clay 280-209, and newly elected

    Parliamentarian Cindy George of The Houston Chronicle, who defeated Ken Knight of The Tampa

    Tribune by 10 votes, 244-234, with 37 abstentions.

    The race for student representative resulted in a tie between Wesley Lowery of Ohio University,

    and Marissa Evans of Marquette University, each receiving 69 votes. The student candidates will

    have a week-long run-off election August 15-22.

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