The National Association of Broadcasters will be getting advice on diversity, and help in advocating for those issues in Washington, from some voices of experience.
NAB has created a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion [DEI] Advisory Committee made up of senior-level broadcasters who are women and people of color.
In addition to advising the board, the committee, which could include current NAB and NAB Leadership Foundation board members "committed to advancing DEI issues," will also back NAB advocacy at the FCC and in Congress on diversity issues. It will also have input on industry exports for NAB conferences and speeches.
“NAB is committed to ensuring diverse voices are represented in radio and television broadcasting and that every employee has the opportunity to excel in their career,” said NABLF president and NAB chief diversity officer Michelle Duke in a statement. “This new committee will help NAB continue moving diversity and equity forward, and provide guidance for the broadcast community in creating a more inclusive workplace.”
Inaugural members of the committee are:
Sandy Breland, SVP, local media, Gray Television
Trila Bumstead, owner, Ohana Media Group
Caroline Chambers, senior director, diversity, Graham Media Group
Alysia Cox, VP, associate general counsel, Regulatory, Cox Media Group
Estevan Gonzales, GM/owner, KSWV Radio
Corey Hanson, GM, WALA – Mobile, Ala. Meredith Local Media Group
Michele Laven (chair), chief diversity and human resources officer, iHeartMedia
DuJuan McCoy, owner, president & CEO, Circle City Broadcasting
Heidi Raphael, chief communications officer, Beasley Media Group
Oscar Rodriguez, president, Texas Association of Broadcasters
Sharon Tinsley, president, Alabama Association of Broadcasters
Grady Tripp, chief diversity officer, Tegna
Joel Vilmenay, GM, WDSU New Orleans, Hearst Television
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Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.