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President’s Speech at UNITY 2012 Opening Ceremony

Greetings everyone.

My name is Joanna Hernandez, and I want to welcome you to UNITY 2012, the most diverse gathering of journalists in the world.

And I have a surprise for all of you. One of UNITY’s founders, Will Sutton, has flown here last-minute to celebrate with us, and we’d like to recognize him at this time.

We have a special award of affection and appreciation for him and fellow UNITY co-founder Juan Gonzalez for the bold and daring vision they had as competing City Hall reporters in Philadelphia to create this alliance of minority journalists and other underrepresented groups.

UNITY journalists, please join me in welcoming Will Sutton to the stage.

Will, we will forever be grateful for the organization you and Juan created. Tonight, I present you with a plaque, which reads: With affection and appreciation; for your lifelong devotion, passion and perseverance; to championing newsroom diversity and leadership; and for your bold and daring vision in co-founding UNITY: Journalists of Color.

Everyone in this room thanks you for your vision in creating UNITY. You will always be remembered as leaders in the fight for diversity and inclusion. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.

NLGJA Enters UNITY Journalists’ Alliance

NLGJA logoDevoted to Diversity, UNITY Diversifies Its Own Mission

McLean, Va. (Sept. 19, 2011) – UNITY: Journalists of Color will now include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA), after the boards of directors of both organizations agreed to the partnership last week. NLGJA’s mission to advance the interests of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender journalists is consistent with UNITY’s mission of ensuring that American newsrooms, and consequently news coverage, reflects the diversity of our communities.

As Great Recession thaws, UNITY more important than ever

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Joanna Hernandez, UNITY President

From the President of UNITY:

I am humbled and honored to have been elected president of UNITY: Journalists of Color, representing the joint mission of the Native American Journalists Association, the Asian American Journalists Association, the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

As everyone has reasons for doing things, I want to share what motivated me to run for president of UNITY.

UNITY Elects New Leadership

Elections held at fall board meeting

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Joanna Hernandez

McLean, Virginia, October 27– Joanna Hernandez, current vice president of UNITY: Journalists of Color, Inc. (UNITY), has been elected president of the organization.

Ms. Hernandez was elected by UNITY’s board of directors at its fall board meeting this past weekend. Sharon Chan, president of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) was elected vice president, Leisa Richardson of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) was elected secretary, and Michaela Saunders, current UNITY secretary of the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) was elected treasurer.

Their two-year terms begin on January 1, 2011.

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