The Los Angeles chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists was formed in 1980 to provide advocacy for Black journalists in the Los Angeles area and encourage balance news coverage of the black community. NABJLA also provides employment opportunity information as well as workshops for high school and college students.
To learn more about our national parent organization, visit NABJ.org.
TRE'VELL ANDERSON 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 is a freelance journalist focused on the intersections of politics and pop culture, contributing to The New York Times, NBC News, ESSENCE, The Hollywood Reporter, CNNi, and GQ.
Hill is most known for breaking the Melania Trump/Michelle Obama plagiarism story during the 2016 election. He's hosted a podcast (and subsequent Facebook Live series with NBC BLK), Back2Reality, since 2012.
An alum of Clark Atlanta University, born and raised in the Bay Area, he's a big fan of binging cable news, primetime dramas, reality television, and design shows. Beyond that he's usually in the kitchen cooking or in the aisles of a store shopping for his interior design clients at Jarrett Hill Design.
KIMBERLEE BUCK 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 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.
Carter has worked for Quincy Jones’ Qwest Records, Warner Bros Records, Motown Records, Michael Jackson’s MJJ Productions, Polygram Records and 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.
ARLENE WASHINGTON 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.
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.
KIBKABE ARAYA, Board Member, is the special projects editor at the Daily Journal, a California-based legal news provider, overseeing monthly supplements and corporate law content.
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 the founder and lead publicist at Kenneth Roberts Agency, a public relations & event design firm in Los Angeles. Robert has helped create and implement strategic publicity campaigns for various television projects including “Moana,” "Bad Santa 2," “Arrival,” “Shots Fired,” “Empire,” “Doctor Strange” and “The Simone Biles Story." Robert has led talent relation efforts for major award events such as BET Honors, BET Awards, ASCAP Awards, Daytime Emmy Awards, NAACP Image Theatre Awards, NAACP Image Awards, LA AIDS Walk and the GLAAD Media Awards.
Before relocating to Los Angeles, Robert received his degree in communication from Howard University. His professional accomplishments include being a current member of the PR, Marketing and Media Czar Network Group, the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, Jewish Entertainment Network of Los Angeles and the Howard University Alumni Los Angeles Network. He also serves on several boards including the I Love Me Foundation and Venice Pride.
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 LESTAR, 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.
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.