NABJ-LA was formed in 1980 to provide advocacy for black journalists in the Los Angeles area and encourage balance news coverage of the black community. NABJ-LA also provides employment opportunity information as well as workshops for high school and college students.
Tre’vell Anderson, President, is a film reporter with the Los Angeles Times covering the intersections of diversity and Hollywood with a focus on black and queer film. A sociology graduate from the nation’s headquarters for black male excellence, Morehouse College in Atlanta, he also received his master’s in journalism from Stanford University. When he’s not tweeting through his Twitter addiction you can find him jamming to Fantasia’s latest album or indulging his inner Southern belle with food that reminds him of home, Charleston, S.C.
Jarrett Hill, Vice President, is an award-winning journalist and host focused on the intersections of pop culture and politics. Based in Los Angeles, most notably, Hill is known for breaking the Michelle Obama/Melania Trump RNC plagiarism story. Hill is a contributor with NBC News, The New York Times, and The Hollywood Reporter, and is currently a producer in residency at Buzzfeed, creating content with a focus on diversity and inclusion.
Hill also runs a small interior design business, Jarrett Hill Design, designing for residential and commercial clientele. A Bay Area native, he is fond of carbohydrates, cooking, creativity and design… and watching more television than he publicly admits.
Kimberlee Buck, Secretary, is a staff writer for the Los Angeles Sentinel. She is a part of the Sentinel’s social media team and composes the weekly E-newsletter.
Prior to starting her journalism career, she attended Azusa Pacific University, where she obtained a B.A. degree in journalism and a minor in pre-law. While there she also held the title of assistant news editor for the university’s publication the Clause. Shortly after graduation, she obtained a certificate in legal investigation from California State University San Marcos. Approaching four years at the Sentinel, she has covered local, national, investigative, and political stories. As a South Los Angeles native, she believes in using her writing as a way to empower her community and speak for the voiceless.
Ron Carter, Treasurer, is Managing Director of The Carter Agency, TCA, a media relations firm. He is the principal for projects managed by TCA, which included The City Of Pasadena, Pasadena Unified School District, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board and Walmart among others.
He was the former Senior Director of Media Relations for Quincy Jones’ Qwest Records. Prior to joining Qwest Records, Carter was Manager of Publicity for Warner Bros Records.He also worked at Motown Records as Assistant to the Executive Director of Press & Publicity. He subsequently moved to Michael Jackson’s MJJ Productions as Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Communications and Media Relations. He was later named Publicist for Polygram Records and thereafter Director of Publicity for Mercury Records.
Carter attended California State University, Fullerton, where he studied Communications, with an emphasis in Public Relations. He’s a native of Georgetown, Guyana, South America.
After receiving a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University, she completed the E.W. Scripps Fellowship in Multimedia Reporting at the Redding Record Searchlight, now under the USA Today Network, and the Kaiser Media Fellowship in Health Reporting at The Seattle Times.
A Sacramento native, she’s contributed to all the major publications in the Capital Region such as The Sacramento Bee, Sacramento Business Journal and Comstock’s.
Robert Harrell, Board member, is a publicist and freelance journalist who currently serves as a publicity consultant for Disney/ABC, CBS, TV One, FOX, Robert has helped to create and implement strategic publicity campaigns for various and television projects to include: “Moana,” “Arrival,” “Shots Fired,” “Empire,” “Doctor Strange,” and TV One original film “Media” just to name a few. Robert has led talent relation efforts for major award events such as BET Honors, BET Awards/BET Experience, Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon, Daytime Emmy Awards, NAACP Image Theatre Awards, NAACP Image Awards, LA AIDS Walk and the GLAAD Media Awards.
Before relocating to Los Angeles, California, Robert received his Bachelor Degree in Communication from Howard University. Robert currently is a member of the Black Public Relations Society of Los Angeles, NAACP, National Association of Black Journalist- Los Angeles Chapter, West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, Jewish Entertainment Network, a Board Member of the I Love Me Foundation, Venice Pride, GLSEN Foundation, and an active member of Oasis Church.
Mannie Holmes, Board member, is a native of Richmond, Virginia and University of Virginia graduate. She later received her master’s degree in Broadcast & Digital Journalism from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications, where she joined her first NABJ chapter. When Mannie isn’t glued to her computer or mobile device as Variety’s events editor, she enjoys being glued to her television with a large bowl of buttery popcorn and a glass of wine (Olivia Pope-style).
Marqueeda LaStar, Board member, describes herself as an internet geek, culture technologist and entrepreneur. A correspondent and former social curator for BlackGirlNerds.com, an online community and newsletter, she is a builder of bridges and works to create and support inclusive communities and collectives exploring culture through the lens of emerging technologies. Other professions include karaoke superstar, laser & zombie tag advocate and solid gold dancer.
Lois Pitter Bruce, Board member, is a former president of NABJ-LA and serves as the organization’s Scholarship Chairperson. She is the senior manager, News Bureau & Crisis Communications, at Southern California Edison (SCE). She directs a team of media relations professionals and oversees the company’s executive media training program. Prior to joining SCE, Lois was an award-winning journalist working at CBS2 Television, Los Angeles, where she held a variety of roles including field producer, segment producer, writer and news planning editor. She was the recipient of multiple Los Angeles area Emmy awards and Golden Mike awards and received numerous commendations for her work.
She’s a lifetime member of the Writers’ Guild of America and was a founding member of Black Women’s Network. A graduate of the University of Southern California, Lois is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. She’s married to Stan Bruce, an artist, and they are the proud parents of two adult daughters.
Justin Pye, Board member, is a multi-hyphenate producer currently leading editorial for All Def Nation and producing weekend stories for NBC News. He is an alumnus of Morehouse College and UC Berkeley School of Journalism. The well-traveled, nature-lover is happiest when using bad grammar with friends and family.
Arlene Washington, web manager, is a digital editor for Reuters. She formerly covered entertainment as an assistant editor with The Hollywood Reporter’s digital team.
Washington graduated from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism with a B.A. in Print and Digital Journalism. While at USC, she interned at The Hollywood Reporter and continued to work for the company after graduation as an editorial assistant and reporter.
One of her most rewarding journalism moments was being selected by USC to travel to South Africa as a student reporter where she worked in collaboration with Rhodes University to cover the National Arts Festival, the largest festival in the country. She also reported for the country’s oldest newspaper, Grocott’s Mail and taught locals to be citizen reporters through a program with the newspaper.
Washington was selected to participate as a print reporter for NABJ’s Student Multimedia Project during the 2013 convention in Kissimmee, Florida.
Shaquille Woods, Board member, is a graduate of Arkansas State University with a degree in Media & Communications. He started his media career as a KAIT News Channel 8 Master Control Operator and held internships at KLEK 102.5 Radio, CBS Radio and 102.3 KJLH Radio. He currently works on the assignment desk at KTLA News Channel 5 and is a contributing entertainment writer for the Los Angeles Sentinel.