Oxon Hill, MD – Dorothy Leavell, publisher of the Chicago, Illinois, and Gary, Indiana, Crusader newspapers, once president of the federation, has become chair of the National Newspapers Association, which represents more than 200 black-owned newspapers—the descendants of Freedom’s Journal, founded 190 years ago.
Known for her feisty personality, Leavell stated: “I’m energized and ready to go. Our number one project is to save our young people,” she said.
Although she has big visions for the work ahead, Leavell says she will maintain a team leadership style. Houston Forward Times publisher Karen Carter Richards was re-elected as first vice chair of the organization; New Tri-State Defender Bernal Smith was elected second vice chair; Indianapolis Recorder publisher Shannon Williams will continue as secretary and Atlanta Voice Publisher Janis Ware will continue to serve as treasurer.
Leavell is not new to NNPA leadership. Over the years, she has served as president of the association, chair of the foundation, and was once named publisher of the year. “So, we’re going to hit the ground running!”