Member News

Twin Cities Black Journalists are highly accomplished. Here are some who are being recognized.

We are so proud of all of the hard work of our members over the last few weeks. There have been so many stories and videos that our members have created and contributed to. Board member Sheree Curry wrote for USA Today. Marissa Evans was featured in Glamour. Harry Colbert Jr. was interviewed in Variety about covering racial inequity as a black journalist. Georgia Fort created a powerful video called “I am George Floyd.” We also had several members take part in webinars with the University of Minnesota.

Our friend Harry Colbert is leaving Insight News to lead as editor of North News. We are so excited for you, Harry!

Former TCBJ President Duchesne Drew made another big career change. He was recently named the next president of Minnesota Public Radio. We are so proud of you, Duchesne!

A big congrats to TCBJ’s recent convention scholarship recipient Jessica Hart, who moved to Columbia, MO, last month as she started her job as a reporter for KRCG 13! We are so proud of you!

A big congrats to our former TCBJ intern Josh Cobb, who started his new job as an associate producer at KSTP-TV! We would also like to extend our praise to Robin Hickman-Winfield, who has organized “A Choice of Weapons, Honor and Dignity” at the Minnesota Museum of American Art. The exhibit, which celebrates the work of Gordon Parks and Brooklyn-based photographer Jamel Shabazz, will run from January 23 to April 19. Check our FB group page for exhibit events. 


Big congrats goes out to two veteran reporters who are celebrating work anniversaries. Ray Richardson is celebrating 20 years as the host of “Back In the Day” on KMOJ-FM. Angela Davis Drew has officially been hosting her radio talk show “MPR News With Angela Davis” for a year. Congrats and have a lovely holiday season, everyone!


October was a busy month for TCBJ members! TCBJ Treasurer Maria Douglas Reeve, assistant managing editor of news for the Star Tribune, has a new job as the managing editor of content for the Houston Chronicle. Jeffrey Bissoy-Mattis has left MPR and will soon head to Mexico City! Brandi Powell and her husband Lateef have welcomed a beautiful baby girl, Oaklyn. Last but definitely not least, Robin Hickman has tied the knot with her love Stephen Winfield. Congrats, everyone!  

Two TCBJ members join The Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication as 2019-2020 Distinguished Fellows. 

Maria Reeve, assistant managing editor, Star Tribune, and past president of the Twin Cities Black Journalists, and Marsha Pitts-Phillips, President & Founder, MRPP & Associates and current TCBJ parliamentarian, are one of nine Distinguished Fellows.

The school, at the University of Minnesota, announced that the fellows, all professionals working in the areas of journalism and strategic communication, will engage with students across a range of courses throughout the semester – offering expertise in areas such as ethics and radio production to beat reporting and advertising strategy.

Read More at HSJMC: https://hsjmc.umn.edu/news/2019-09-23-eight-distinguished-fellows-join-faculty-fall