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.
Jerome Campbell, Vice President, joined the Los Angeles Times in 2014 after graduating from the University of Southern California. He has reported on an array of topics from Indian politics to people who dress up in animal costumes. A San Antonio native, he does not understand when Angelenos complain about the weather.
Briana Epps, Secretary, was born and raised in Sacramento California. She moved to Los Angeles to attend Cal State University Northridge, where she obtained a B.A. degree in Media Arts Communication and Journalism.
She has had internships with E! Entertainment and as a reporter for Torrance City Cable.
Briana loves the art of storytelling and has worked at the KTLA Assignment Desk for over a year – a rewarding position that includes researching and developing stories, public relations, and planning for the KTLA broadcasts.
Ann M. Simmons, Board member , is a video journalist for the Los Angeles Times. She has served as a metro reporter and national and foreign correspondent. She’s been based in Russia, Kenya and South Africa and has reported in Iraq. A Brit, she holds double honors bachelor’s degrees in Russian and Norwegian from the University of Anglia in Norwich, England, and a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School Journalism. She was a Nieman fellow at Harvard in 2003.
Xavier Higgs, Board member, is a multimedia journalist covering provocative general assignments. He writes about culture, politics, and social issues and contributes to several Los Angeles based newspapers. His more than 30 years as a journalist has afforded him the opportunity to covered stories throughout the United States on various assignments. He was a photojournalist for Miami stations WPLG TV, WTVJ TV and WJXT TV Jacksonville Florida. Xavier was born and raised in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and graduated from Florida A&M University’s School of Journalism. He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. Also an active member of National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and President of the National Association of Black Journalists – Los Angeles (NABJ-LA).
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.
Veronica Hendrix, Board member, is an independent feature writer and food journalist. She is the creator of Collard Greens and Caviar (collardgreensandcaviar.com), a food blog that explores the range in which we live life and love food. She co-wrote the highly acclaimed Taste of Soul Cookbook for Bakewell media and her authored her own cookbook. Her feature columnVeronica’s View appeared weekly in the Los Angeles and Eurweb.com for over ten years and covered a myriad of local, health, social and political topics. Ms. Hendrix has also worked in radio, print and television, and she earned an Emmy Nomination for producing LA Woman Talk Show for the City of Los Angeles. Ms. Hendrix is a native Angeleno.
Robert Henry, Board member, is a part-time broadcast-newswriting instructor at UCLA Extension. It’s a position he’s held since 2007. Robert is also an award-winning former assignment editor at KNBC4, the Los Angeles NBC-network TV station he was affiliated with for more than 29 years. He retired from KNBC4 in November 2013. Robert is a Los Angeles native who graduated from Fremont High School and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Print Journalism from the University of Southern California. He resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Atty. Ethel Bennett, who is a former board member of the Black Journalists Association of Southern California.
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.
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.
Arlene Washington, web manager, is an entertainment journalist currently working as an assistant editor with The Hollywood Reporter’s digital team.
She 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 later supported the staff as an editorial assistant.
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.