The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) announced its 2023-2025 Board of Directors election results at a press conference during its annual Convention & Career Fair on Friday evening in Birmingham, Alabama.

The unaudited results are in, and NABJ’s 23rd President-Elect is Ken Lemon. The total number of voters participating in this year’s overall election was 2,261.

Lemon is a reporter at WSOC-TV in Charlotte, North Carolina, and outgoing NABJ VP-Broadcast. He received 467 votes (66%). His opponent, Tre’vell Anderson, received 236 votes (34%).

Lemon, a two-term NABJ Vice President, has earned an Edward R. Murrow Award, three Emmy Awards, two AP Awards, two RTNDA Awards, an NAACP Image Award and other recognitions. He is a founding member of the reestablished Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists, and was elected to two terms as the chapter’s president.

“I am really honored for this opportunity — for this chance. I am grateful for all of the people who came out to vote,” said Lemon. “Thank you to everyone that heard my message, and more importantly made sure I heard them. That’s what this is about! I am ready to do great things with our members.”

Walter Smith Randolph Voted NABJ Vice President-Broadcast

Walter Smith Randolph, former NABJ Treasurer was elected as NABJ Vice President-Broadcast. Smith Randolph received 636 votes (100%). He ran unopposed.

Smith Randolph, Investigative Editor and Director of The Accountability Project at Connecticut Public Broadcasting, is an award-winning investigative journalist and newsroom manager. He has worked for both commercial and public media stations across the country.

Amir Vera Reelected NABJ Vice President-Digital 

Amir Vera, a Breaking News Editor for CNN Digital, was reelected NABJ Vice President-Digital, receiving 448 votes (69%). His opponent, Vance Lang, received 206 votes (31%).

Vera has served as President and VP of Print for the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists and as Public Relations Chair and Vice President for Hampton Roads Black Media Professionals. An editor on the Live News Team for CNN, Vera was a writer on CNN’s national desk, where he reported on global breaking news events and wrote enterprise and trending stories.

Madison Carter Reelected NABJ Secretary

Madison Carter, an award-winning investigative journalist at WSOC-TV in Charlotte, North Carolina, was reelected NABJ Secretary. Carter ran unopposed, receiving 635 votes (100%).

Carter was elected Secretary of NABJ in 2021. She has served as President of the Buffalo Association of Black Journalists and has worked in markets including Syracuse, New York; Charlottesville, Virginia; Buffalo, New York; and Atlanta, with her work focusing on uncovering corruption, racism and political accountability.

NABJ Region I Director

Due to vacancy, this position will be appointed by the President-Elect.

Eva D. Coleman Reelected Region III Director

Eva D. Coleman, a national award-winning multimedia producer, college and high school media educator, was reelected NABJ Region III Director. Running unopposed, Coleman received 235 votes (100%).

Coleman is a Telly Award-winning producer with more than 28 years in television, radio and newspaper in Dallas-Fort Worth. She is the Lifestyle and Culture Editor for I Messenger Media LLC in Dallas.

Grant Hines Voted NABJ Student Representative

Grant Hines, a recent graduate of High Point University, was elected NABJ Student Representative, receiving 31 votes (37%). He defeated his opponents, Alex Perry, who received 29 votes (35%), and Anthony Council, who received 24 votes (29%).

Hines is pursuing his master’s degree in communication and business leadership at High Point University. At High Point, he has served as President of HPUV, the on-campus broadcast club, and as Vice President of the School of Communication Advisory Board.

Below are the results of constitutional amendment proposals NABJ members cast their votes on during this election cycle.

CHAPTER 2 Article I. Elected Leaders. Section 4. Board of Directors.

Proposal No. 1

PROPOSAL SUMMARY: Service on the Board of Directors is volunteer-based. NABJ Board members may not take a salary from NABJ. Board members may only be compensated for preapproved required expenses related to their Board service, per operating procedures.

Proposed Language: (d) The Board of Directors shall not receive any salary or compensation for their services. Any Board member may be reimbursed for prior approved, out-of-pocket expenses.

Current Language: There is no language in the constitution addressing whether Board members should be compensated beyond preapproved required Board expenses.

YES: 599 (88%)

NO: 85 (12%)

CHAPTER 4 Article I. Composition of the National Membership and Membership Eligibility.

Proposal No. 2

PROPOSAL SUMMARY: Emerging Professional Members, members with less than five years experience in journalism, will be eligible to serve on the NABJ Board but not the NABJ Executive Board Committee i.e. President, VP-Broadcast, VP-Print, VP-Digital, Secretary, Treasurer and Parliamentarian. Previously, Emerging Professional members were not eligible for any Board position.

Proposed Language: Section 4. Emerging Professional Members. Emerging professional membership shall be open to anyone who otherwise meets the criteria for professional membership as provided above but is also within the first five years of their journalism career. Emerging professional members are ineligible to seek election to executive Board positions but may be elected for other Board of Directors positions and may vote in any NABJ matter calling on the entire membership to decide, except for the election of the academic, media-related or student representatives to the Board of Directors.

Current Language: Section 4. Emerging professional membership shall be open to anyone who otherwise meets the criteria for professional membership as provided above, but is also within the first five years of his or her journalism career. Emerging professionals may not serve on the Board of Directors, but may vote in any NABJ matter calling on the entire membership to decide, except for the election of the academic, media-related or student representatives to the Board of Directors.

YES: 573 (85%)

NO: 103 (15%)

CHAPTER 4 Article I. Composition of the National Membership and Membership Eligibility.

Proposal No. 3

PROPOSAL SUMMARY: Membership may be terminated/suspended for malfeasance i.e. misappropriation of funds, other criminal acts and inappropriate behavior as defined by NABJ Operating Procedures, Code of Conduct and Code of Ethics. This proposal formalizes an appeal process, puts it in the Constitution backing up what is already said in the Operating Procedures Code of Conduct and strengthens a Board’s decision.

Proposed Language: Section 14. Suspension/Termination of Membership: Membership shall be terminated immediately upon the death or resignation of a member, or upon the members failure to renew dues in arrears of no more than 30 days. Membership may also be terminated if: (i) the member commits acts of financial misconduct, or physical violence associated with their local chapter or the national organization, or (ii) the member violates the Code of Conduct. Any person whose membership is terminated shall be informed in reasonable detail at least 10 days prior to the effective date of the termination by a written notice sent to the mailing address and email address of the member listed on their membership application with the national office. The member can file an appeal and request to be heard by the Board of Directors. If an appeal is requested, the termination of membership will not be effective until the hearing process has been completed and the Board of Directors has rendered a final decision.

A membership can be suspended or revoked based on terms outlined in the Operating Procedures and Code of Conduct. If a membership is suspended or revoked, a subsequent Board of Directors cannot overturn that decision.

Current Language: There is no current language in the constitution instead it is in Operating Procedures under Code of Conduct.

YES: 561 (83%)

NO: 119 (18%)

Chapter 4, Article II. Membership Meeting, Powers and Voting Section 3. Voting and Voting Eligibility | What Constitutes a Quorum?

Proposal No. 4

Proposal Summary: This proposal brings clarity to what constitutes a quorum that is needed to conduct business at the annual conference. 51 percent of voting membership must be at the conference which is well over the normal attendance and only 5 percent need to be at the business meeting for members to vote on a resolution or business matter affecting the organization.

Proposed Language: Any member as defined in Chapter 4, Article I, Sections 2-6, can vote in accordance with this Constitution, the Operating Procedures and Election Committee guidelines.

A quorum of 51 percent of a majority of the voting membership must be registered at the convention, and no less than 5 percent of that number must be present at a duly called and authorized annual meeting for any resolution to be considered adopted and binding on the organization. The membership shall have the authority to adopt, subject to ratification by a simple majority of those members.

Current Language: Any member as defined in Chapter 4, Article I, Sections 2-6, can vote in accordance with this constitution, the operating procedures and election committee guidelines. A quorum of 51 percent of a majority of the voting membership must be registered at the convention. The membership shall have the authority to adopt, subject to ratification by simple majority of those members voting at a duly called and authorized annual meeting, any appropriate resolution, including, without limit, any emergency resolution.

YES: 563 (84%)

NO: 104 (16%)

To learn more about NABJ Elections or to view the unaudited results once they are uploaded, click here.

Media Contact:

Ninfa Saavedra
Student Board Representative

Digital Content Specialist | Houston Area News | Journalism Enthusiast Greetings! I’m Ninfa Saavedra, a seasoned Digital Content Specialist specializing in the Houston area news industry. With a career spanning over six years, I have developed a deep understanding of the digital landscape and its impact on journalism. My journey in this field began during my middle school years when I was introduced to a media program at Lake Olympia Middle School, igniting my passion for storytelling. Beyond work, I find joy in maintaining an active lifestyle, exploring new cultures through travel, and indulging in the culinary wonders of 5-star restaurants. Let’s connect and collaborate on exciting projects!

Rebecca Briscoe
Education Chair

Rebecca Briscoe is a Partnership Coordinator for the United States Census Bureau- Denver Region. She is responsible for developing partnerships with state and local governments, community based organizations, faith-based organizations, schools, media outlets, businesses and grassroots entities.
Briscoe has over a decade of experience working in the public sector as a public administrator, certified educator in title one schools, and as an adjunct professor in higher education. Rebecca is an avid writer with strong national media affiliations and publicity ties. 

While working as a National Features Correspondent at Houston Style Magazine, Briscoe formulated strategic partnerships with many high-profile projects, including Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, NBA, NFL, NASCAR, HBO Sports, BET Networks and the PGA Tour for the publication. Making history is merely a milestone because she has taken the initiative to report the most coveted national events such as: Super Bowl, NBA All-Star Grammy’s, Essence Fest, ESPY’s, NASCAR, BET Awards, MLK Memorial Dedication, HBO Fight Night, and Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, just to name a few. Briscoe was the first minority journalist from a minority publication to cover the epitome of sports awards show: The ESPYS, making Houston Style Magazine the first minority publication allowed to cover the event since the awards show’s 20th year inception.

Briscoe holds a BS in Education from Louisiana State University, a Masters in Public Administration from the Barbara Jordan and Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University, and a post-graduate certificate in Homeland Security from the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A & M University.  

Jennifer Moore

Jennifer Moore

VP, Multimedia

An experienced communications expert with emphasis on leadership, management, strategic planning, problem solving, marketing, marketing strategy, online marketing, public relations, graphic design and speech writing, internal and external communications, public speaking, crisis management, corporate communications, branding, managing large teams, project managing multiple projects across different functions, communications consultant and media relations. But most importantly, I’m results driven.

17+ years of executing successful communications plans & strategies to millions.

Everyone needs an effective communicator – and in the midst of social media & misinformation, my skills are needed now more than ever.

Currently the Executive Producer for dayside newscasts at KHOU 11 News in Houston. Responsible for molding producers and reporters who work on the station’s noon, 4p-hour, 5p and 6p newscasts.

My skills go beyond the news of the day, as I’m proud to have led a team of anchors, producers, graphic designers, editors and photographers as EP of two Juneteenth documentaries. Links to both specials can be found under my work experience

The first special, Juneteenth: 1865-2021, did more than just touch on what happened during the emancipation of enslaved Texans, it then chronicled the history of the Black American experience to the present day.

My passions also lie in public speaking, social media presentation, community outreach, and education about communication in general.

I have experience as a multimedia producer (for television and web), reporter, public relations specialist and television host.

Specialties: Communication, writing, public relations, producing, t.v. personality, shooting and editing video, public speaking, etc…

*Final Cut Pro
*Luci Chyron Program
*Axis Graphics Program
*Hatmos graphics
*Inergize Web Program
*Canvas Technology web system
*Microsoft Teams
*AP Playbook

ShaVonne Herndon
Membership Chair

ShaVonne Herndon is in her 7th year as a Graphics Operator for ESPN. She is a former news reporter, previously working at KTAB (Abilene, Texas), KWTX (Waco, Texas), KYTX (Longview, Texas) and KTAL (Shreveport, La). 

Herndon proudly joined the National Association of Black Journalists in 2006. From volunteering at national conferences and coordinating panels, she continues to pour her energy into the organization, and is proud to now serve on the local Board.

Herndon attends Garden Oaks Church of Christ. In her spare time, you can find her on a yoga mat or spending time with family. This Houstonian is a graduate of Lamar High school (Go Redskins) and Abilene Christian University. Herndon says she is eager to welcome new members into this fine organization and enter greater heights with HABJ

Alexis Jones

Alexis “Fly” Jones serves as a CBS-TV producer for KHOU Ch.11’s Great Day Houston with host Deborah Duncan.

Graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2007, Alexis received her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Media from Clark Atlanta University (HBCU).

Her experience in media and entertainment include serving as a Vice-President for a Public Relations Firm, working for Music World Entertainment (formerly Beyoncé Knowles & Destiny Child’s Management Company), and Guerrilla Tactics Media (producers of BET’s reality show “Master of the Mix”).

She is additionally on staff with The Defender Network, and recently served as an original co-host for 93.7 The Beat “Blessed Beatz” radio show.

A well-traveled and sought-after speaker, Alexis has participated as a panelist and moderator, while hosting various events for major brands such as Walmart, Harmony Public Schools and Fashion Group International.

When it comes to service to the community, she’s a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc., serving formerly as a local chapter president.

Her personal brand, affectionately known as Alexis “Fly,” sets out to inspire individuals – no matter the age – to have full out confidence in themselves– encouraging many to fly high and to DO SO… with ALL FAITH and NO FEAR!!!

vannessa wade
Vannessa Wade
Media Monitor

Vannessa Wade is the founder and CEO of Connect The Dots PR. Often called an “idea oven” and “branding magnet,” she has been featured in magazines such as Black Enterprise and Fast Company. 

From working on legislative campaigns, to supporting UNICEF, Wade has been able to help brands position themselves in newsworthy and culturally relevant ways. Her contacts span the gamut across the African American media and influencer landscape. 

Wade is as driven about public service as she is about public relations.  She volunteers her time and expertise to various civic organizations including Kids Meals and The Sickle Cell Marc Thomas Foundation. She serves as Diversity Chair for PRSA Houston, Executive Director of ColorComm Houston and has spoken at The Texas Conference for Women and presented at NABJ. In 2015, she created a branding series aimed at helping college students learn how to brand themselves. 

Wade is a graduate of the University of Houston.

Freddie Willis

Freddie Willis has more than 25 years of experience in journalism, primarily writing for newspapers, including the Houston Chronicle, The Times Picayune and the Associated Press. He is currently a freelance journalist for several media outlets, including the Houston Chronicle (freelance writer and statistician for high school football), Regal Magazine (sports writer) and (videographer). 

The New Orleans, Louisiana native also has 12 years experience in television production, serving as an associate producer for WGNO-TV as part of its production of the first 30-minute high school highlight show in NOLA in 1992. 

Willis is a graduate of Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma and has taught journalism as an adjunct professor at Texas Southern University.

He’s proudly made Houston home for the last 14 years and is the longest serving HABJ board member. 

Vicky Heileman Pink
Vice President, Photojournalism

Vicky Heileman Pink, a native Houstonian, is the owner of an independent photography and video company known as VP Productions with over 21 years of experience. She is the chief photographer at Houston Style Magazine and her work has been featured in several local and national publications. She is co-founder of IF (International Focus) Magazine and serves as Director of Operations of The Coalition of Community Organizations (COCO) in Houston, Texas .

Vicky was the first of 7 siblings to attend college. Her freshman year, she was the Engineering Honors Program at Tuskegee University. Due to finances, she transferred to the University of Houston. She eventually moved to California and obtained her Associates degree in English from West Los Angeles College. She then attended Cal State Dominguez Hills and changed her major to Communications. After moving back to Houston, she graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications Radio and Television. Her documentary on “The Jaybirds of Fort Bend County” aired on PBS and is now part of the Kendleton Historical Society.

Vicky worked 7 years in Computer Operations at Exxon Upstream Technical Computing, then taught Montessori classes, but decided in 2002 to venture out on her own and pursue her passion as a videographer. In 2008, she began working with Houston Style Magazine as a contributing writer and photojournalist.

As a small minority business owner, Vicky has worked with a variety of corporate and individual clients on many projects. She currently serves on the board of the Houston Association of Black Journalists as VP of Photojournalism, the University of Houston Black Alumni Association and as Co-Chair of the Lectors at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. She is a member of Sisters in the Spirit, The Core (Bo Porter), Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce, the North East Cultural Arts Council and the East End Chamber of Commerce.

Vicky holds a Certificate of Achievement from the Houston Area Urban League’s Small Business Development University, a certificate for the Climate Reality Leadership Training, a certificate of completion for the MAPPS Environmental Health Leadership Training, and a Certificate of Congressional Recognition from Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee. She has been honored with a Global Achievement Award, the Diamond Award for being a Catalyst for Change and many others. She also has received recognition for volunteering as a guest speaker at events and career days, and for teaching photography workshops and classes.

Vicky’s work has been published in Forbes Magazine, Modern Luxury, The Houston Chronicle, Texas Small Business Magazine, Culture Map, Paper City, Ebony and others. She currently shoots the cover photos for International Focus Magazine, which features a Consul General from a different country each month. Her work has allowed her to travel nationally and abroad. In 2012, she was the hired photographer for a reception in River Oaks with President Barack Obama.

She is very proud of her two daughters, son and two grandchildren. Being a single parent for many years, she strives to instill a legacy of faith, determination and entrepreneurship in all of them. Her future endeavors include creating historic documentaries on disadvantaged communities and informing the public about Sickle Cell Disease.

Erica Simon
Vice President, Broadcasting

Erica Simon is the VP of Multimedia for HABJ and the Weekend Morning Anchor at KTRK ABC13. As a native Texan, she couldn’t be happier to call H-Town home. She comes from a station in Jacksonville, Florida where she received two Emmy nominations — one for team coverage spot news and one for team coverage during Hurricane Matthew. While there, she also anchored the station’s Weekend Morning newscast and helped bring it to a #1 ranking.

After Duncanville High School (in the Dallas area,) she went off to the Midwest and graduated with a major in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Sociology from the University of Missouri. From there, she anchored and reported for KOMU-TV, then spent two years at KTAL in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Some of Simon’s most memorable interviews include NFL wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and Civil Rights icon Andrew Young.

One of her biggest passions outside of work is service. Simon has mentored teen girls for years and gone on three international mission trips. In Costa Rica, she helped feed an entire village and take care of the Sunday School kids at their sister congregation. In the Dominican Republic, her team threw a Christmas party at a special-needs orphanage, washed children’s hair in a Haitian village and visited widows.

In addition to the National Association of Black Journalists, Simon is part of the Missouri Alumni Association. She loves sports, traveling and hanging with her husband and Sampson, their Dalmatian. They also just entered a new chapter with the birth of their first child. 

Joy Sewing
VP, Print
Joy Sewing is Houston Chronicle’s fashion and beauty editor, covering fashion, beauty, fitness and other lifestyle topics. She is one of a handful of full-time fashion editors at major newspapers around the country. 
An award-winning journalist, Joy holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from University of Houston, a master’s degree in business management from Webster University and taught journalism at Central Missouri State University. She has received several prestigious national journalism fellowships on issues concerning Latin America and the African Diaspora; one in which she lived and worked in Mexico and another in which she traveled to Cuba with a team of U.S. journalists to study racism in the country. 
Joy has worked for the Kansas City Star and the New York Post and has written regularly for Money, People, Vibe, Shape, Time, Town & Country and other magazines. She has interviewed hundreds of famous faces, from Oscar de la Renta to Houston’s own Beyoncé. She also is a regular TV fashion commentator and often speaks to corporations and groups about workplace dress issues, style trends and other topics.  
In 2018, she debuted her first book, “Ava and the Prince: The Adventures of Two Rescue Pups, in celebration of Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog month. The children’s picture book chronicles the true-life story of her rescue boxer dogs, Ava and Prince. Joy has a passion for rescue animals. When Hurricane Harvey ravaged Houston in 2017, hundreds of animals were lost, abandoned or homeless in the weeks following the storm. Joy became the go-to Houston Chronicle reporter for “animal rescue and reunion” coverage. Her children’s book was selected for the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation home-library program and was a bestseller on 
Joy also has a passion for helping children and is founder of Year of Joy, a 501(c)(3) organization that provides joyful experiences for children from underserved communities. Since December 2016, nearly 700 area children, ages 5 through 16, have participated in the organization’s cultural, educational and empowering experiences, including the annual Year of Joy Holiday Ice Skating party at Discovery Green.  
Joy is also a former competitive ice skater and became Houston’s first professional African American ice-skating coach while in college. 
Bridgett S. Holden

To date, Bridgett S. Holden is the Principal Owner of Houston based Public Relations Firm, SHE Bridges PR (SBPR), whose slogan matches its purpose of “Bridging the Gap Between You and the Media!” Bridgett has evolved her company by strategically branding her clients in the industries of Fashion, Beauty, Entertainment, Sports, Nonprofits, and Politics. She has successfully secured Brand Placements for her clients via media outlets through television, radio, print, and podcasts on International, National, Local and Digital platforms! Always keeping on trend to grow her company, Bridgett became certified with the City of Houston, The Port of Houston, METRO, the State of Texas and the Federal Government in 2016; qualifying SHE Bridges PR to do business with local/state and government entities as an MBE, WBE, SBE, HUB and WOSB Minority Owned Business. For the past 20 years, Bridgett has successfully managed the roles of being a business owner, entrepreneur, volunteer, board member, speaker, cohost on several podcast, Host of Bridge Talk TV Podcast, Content Creator, YouTuber, Fashion Enthusiast, and an active participant in the Houston community. In 2009 Bridgett was named volunteer of the year by the West Orem YMCA for leading the board in exceeding their fundraiser goal of $50,000 during their Partnership Campaign to the tune of $64,000. She has served on (and is a member) of the Houston Association of Black Journalists (HABJ) Board which raises scholarships for college students majoring in Journalism as the Media Monitor. She is also a member of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), has served on the Men of Style Steering Committee which raises funds to find a cure for Sickle Cell Anemia, and has served on the Texas Drowning Prevention Alliance Board which brings awareness to local communities around drowning prevention. Bridgett currently serves on the Dreams UnleaSHEd She Networks Board, a nonprofit organization whose Mission & Vision is to grow and develop young ladies for holistic success. She is often seen on Fox 26’s Isiah Factor Uncensored as a commentator lending her expert opinion on various news stories from a PR perspective. Bridgett is a proud mom of one son (Kamren) who is currently
getting his MBA in Criminal Justice at the University of North Texas. Bridgett’s philosophy in life is to be intentionally happy every day because Peace is Priceless!

Nakia Cooper

Nakia Cooper wears many hats. She is an anchor and news & digital coordinator for KTSU 90.9 fm radio and Vibe Houston, media coordinator for the United States Department of Commerce- Census Bureau, the owner of and Bayou Beat News (digital magazines) and an adjunct journalism professor at Texas Southern University.

This multi-award winning journalist, digital and social media expert proudly served as the first African American person to manage a digital media department at a Houston television news station (CW39 Houston). Prior to that, Cooper was in leadership as senior web producer at both KHOU 11 News (CBS) and KPRC 2 (NBC). Over the last decade, Cooper has helped solidify team wins for her web departments, boasting an Emmy, two Edward R. Murrow, three Associated Press and two Lone Star Press Awards for outstanding digital coverage. 

Cooper loves to give back and co-founded Sister 2 Sistah, a mentoring organization for college women of color fighting to overcome obstacles. Her “each one teach one” hands-on approach has helped secure more than a dozen mentees in intern and job placements across the country. Cooper’s career and charitable accomplishments have been featured in Black Enterprise, USA Today, Black Doctor, the Houston Chronicle and Equal Opportunity Magazine, to name a few. She has also received a Congressional proclamation from the Hon. Sheila Jackson Lee and a Letter of Recognition from Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.  Cooper has a BA Journalism and MA Communications and Digital Media Studies, both received at her alma mater TSU. While in college, Cooper was the president of the TSU Association of Black Journalists (TSUABJ), contributing reporter for the TSU Herald and executive producer of the KTSU 90.9 FM student newscast. Cooper has spoken on more than two dozen national and local panels on the topics of digital and social media, and the breaking news industry.  

Cooper describes herself as a sassy Southern Belle who is not afraid to “fight like a man” while remaining true to womanhood. She is proud to have broken through a few glass ceilings, but her biggest and best productions to date are her two children.