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NABJ Congratulates Member Kevin Merida

Kevin Merida

Kevin Merida

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) congratulates member Kevin Merida on his appointment as editor of “The Undefeated,” ESPN’s website centering on the intersection of race, culture, and sports.

Merida will be a senior vice president and editor and oversee the content, the direction, and the strategic initiatives undertaken by the site. He joins “The Undefeated” from The Washington Post where he had been managing editor since February 2013 and on staff for 22 years. Upon his appointment at the Post, he became the paper’s first African-American managing editor.

“Kevin is an exceptional journalist who has worked his way up from reporter to editor covering a range of topics, from news of the day to national politics,” said NABJ President Sarah Glover. “Kevin is a transformative leader who has driven pointed editorial coverage of important news stories while balancing the need to create newsrooms that are nimble, flexible, adaptable, and creative. He has mentored talented journalists and helped them to create notable work.”

“Kevin is a remarkably accomplished journalist, editor and leader whom we have long admired and desired to join ‘The Undefeated,'” said Marie Donoghue, ESPN Executive Vice President for Global Strategy and Original Content.  “Today’s announcement represents a key step in the evolution of the site and ESPN’s commitment to this ambitious project.”

Before serving as managing editor Merida was the paper’s national editor.  Merida was named NABJ’s Journalist of the Year in 2000 in recognition of his storytelling abilities, his commitment to the craft of journalism, and his drive to be an industry influencer by encouraging others to raise the bar.

Merida a Washington, D.C.-area native graduated from Boston University with a degree in journalism. He is the co-author of the biography “Supreme Discomfort: The Divided Soul of Clarence Thomas” and co-author of the bestselling “Obama: The Historic Campaign in Photographs.” Merida who will remain in Washington, D.C., is married to author and former Post columnist Donna Britt with whom he has three sons. NABJ congratulates ESPN on this appointment and wishes Mr. Merida much success at ESPN.


 

An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation, and provides career development as well as educational and other support to its members worldwide. For additional information, please visit, www.nabj.org.

Hilton Worldwide Hosts Breakfast Event At National Coalition Of 100 Black Women 17th Biennial Conference

Members of National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NCBW) participated in a raffle from Embassy Suites by Hilton and Homewood Suites by Hilton at the NCBW 17th Biennial Conference in Long Beach, California. Winners received free accommodations at Embassy Suites by Hilton or Homewood Suites by Hilton as part of  “Count on It,” a multicultural marking campaign focused on simplifying family reunion planning. All raffle participants were enrolled in Hilton HHonors, the free, award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton Worldwide’s distinct hotel brands. (Photo Credit: CaughtInTheMoment.com)

Members of National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NCBW) participated in a raffle from Embassy Suites by Hilton and Homewood Suites by Hilton at the NCBW 17th Biennial Conference in Long Beach, California. Winners received free accommodations at Embassy Suites by Hilton or Homewood Suites by Hilton as part of “Count on It,” a multicultural marking campaign focused on simplifying family reunion planning. All raffle participants were enrolled in Hilton HHonors, the free, award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton Worldwide’s distinct hotel brands. (Photo Credit: CaughtInTheMoment.com)

Hilton Worldwide’s Embassy Suites by Hilton and Homewood Suites by Hilton (NYSE: HLT) recently hosted a special breakfast event during the National Coalition of 100 Black Women(NCBW) 17th Biennial Conference in Long Beach, California.

The NCBW conference theme was “From Protest to Policy– Making Advocacy Count.” It engaged attendees with workshops and discussions on health, education, economic empowerment and civic engagement from experts in their fields.

Michele McNeill-Emery, National President of National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., shares welcome remarks during the organization's awards banquet held October 7-11 at the Hilton Long Beach Hotel, Long Beach, California. Also sharing the special moment are NCBW's newly elected Third Vice President, Membership and Chapter Development, Paula J. Ward and Beverly P. Johnson, national board member. (Photo Credit: CaughtInTheMoment.com)

Michele McNeill-Emery, National President of National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., shares welcome remarks during the organization’s awards banquet held October 7-11 at the Hilton Long Beach Hotel, Long Beach, California. Also sharing the special moment are NCBW’s newly elected Third Vice President, Membership and Chapter Development, Paula J. Ward and Beverly P. Johnson, national board member. (Photo Credit: CaughtInTheMoment.com)

Andrea Richardson, director of resorts and multicultural marketing for Hilton Worldwide, addressed more than 200 conference attendees Oct. 9. Richardson discussed “Count On It”, a multicultural marketing initiative from Embassy Suites by Hilton and Homewood Suites by Hilton designed to help make planning family reunions easy and stress-free, as well as Hilton’s commitment to embracing diversity and strengthening communities through public service.

National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., National President, Michele McNeill-Emery, (front center) during the breakfast hosted by Hilton Homewood/Embassy Suites during the organization's recent 17th Biennial Conference hosted at the Hilton Long Beach Hotel, Long Beach, California. Shown with her on the left is Hilton Worldwide director of resorts and multicultural marketing, Andrea Richardson. On her right, Lorraine Miller, Account Director, Burrell Communications. They are surrounded by members of the Coalition's national board of directors. (Photo Credit: CaughtInTheMoment.com)

National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., National President, Michele McNeill-Emery, (front center) during the breakfast hosted by Hilton Homewood/Embassy Suites during the organization’s recent 17th Biennial Conference hosted at the Hilton Long Beach Hotel, Long Beach, California. Shown with her on the left is Hilton Worldwide director of resorts and multicultural marketing, Andrea Richardson. On her right, Lorraine Miller, Account Director, Burrell Communications. They are surrounded by members of the Coalition’s national board of directors. (Photo Credit: CaughtInTheMoment.com)

Hilton Worldwide director of resorts and multicultural marketing, Andrea Richardson, delivered a compelling speech at a breakfast event at the National Coalition of 100 Black Women’s 17th Biennial Conference on Oct.9. Embassy Suites by Hilton and Homewood Suites by Hilton sponsored the breakfast as part of “Count on It,” a multicultural marketing program designed to help make family reunions easy and stress-free for all participants. (Photo Credit: CaughtInTheMoment.com)

Hilton Worldwide director of resorts and multicultural marketing, Andrea Richardson, delivered a compelling speech at a breakfast event at the National Coalition of 100 Black Women’s 17th Biennial Conference on Oct.9. Embassy Suites by Hilton and Homewood Suites by Hilton sponsored the breakfast as part of “Count on It,” a multicultural marketing program designed to help make family reunions easy and stress-free for all participants. (Photo Credit: CaughtInTheMoment.com)

Business Profile: Westside Kinship Support Services

(L. Ofelia Gallegos, Francine Gatewood, Celeste Clemons, Lori McCarver, Brenda Daniels)

(L. Ofelia Gallegos, Francine Gatewood, Celeste Clemons, Lori McCarver, Brenda Daniels)

By Naomi Riggins

SAN BERNARDINO, CA- Westside Christian Center Church, located at 785 N. Arrowhead Avenue in San Bernardino is the home of Westside Kinship Support Services. Many grandparents, and other relatives are providing care to children who are unable to live with their birth parents. When situations arise and a child can no longer safely reside with their birth parent/legal guardian, Children and Family Services (CFS) first looks for those who are familiar to the child to provide care.  Relatives and family are usually known to a child and by providing a safe and nurturing environment, can often help ease the trauma of separating from a birth parent.

Westside Kinship Support Services (WKSS) was created to ensure that caregivers who open their heart and their home will never feel alone and helpless. Our program provides a place where caregivers can receive a wealth of resources, training and support. Kinship’s focus is to strengthen and develop viable support systems for the caregiver which helps to promote a stable home for the lives in their care. WKSS offers weekly (morning and evening) support groups—Tuesday mornings at 10:00 am; and Thursday evenings at 6:00 pm. WKSS also offers fun and educational activities for youth and independent living skills for teens.

Caregivers often have special needs linked to age, poverty, poor health, social isolation, and inadequate access to information and services. As with most social services programs, our program receives limited funding. . With state tax dollars constantly in short supply, the pressure for cuts is always immediate and pressing. As a result, we endeavor to solicit funding each year from community partners. It is vital that the child welfare community becomes more aware of, and helps support, kinship families outside of the formal child welfare system. Child welfare policy makers and administrators can use information from this report to learn more about the demographic characteristics of kinship caregivers, as well as what services and supports they find most necessary and helpful. Instituting policies and programs that provide basic, front-end support could help prevent caregivers and kinchildren from approaching crisis.

If you provide 24/7 care for a relative child, there are benefits that you may be eligible to receive.  Caregivers that are living in San Bernardino and surrounding areas (Colton, Highland, Redlands, Loma Linda, Yucaipa and other areas) are encouraged to apply. Give them a call today at the Westside Kinship Support Services Office (909) 889-5757 or contact them through their Website:www.westsidechristiancenter.net or you may access additional information about Kinship at www.cakinship.org.