Cleveland Press Club inducts Russ Mitchell to Hall of Fame; chapter hosts CNN’s Van Jones: GCABJ fourth quarter highlights (Dec. 21, 2017)

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Greater Cleveland Association of Black Journalists hosted CNN’s Van Jones in October.

Secretary Rachel Hill coordinated the event as Jones spoke and took questions about his new book, “Beyond the Messy Truth:  How We Came Apart How We Come Together.”

The chapter extended and invite to local college students who are aspiring journalists, area high school students, and fellow chapter members. Attendees of the press conference had a chance to meet Van and ask him questions regarding his book and pertinent questions about his views on the latest political headlines.

The Cuyahoga County Public Library hosted Jones as a part of their program “The Beyond the Book Jacket” series which brings renowned fiction and nonfiction authors to Cuyahoga County Public Library branches.

Jones is an attorney, activist, social entrepreneur, former adviser to former President Barack Obama, and the author of two bestselling books, “The Green Collar Economy” and “Rebuild the Dream” – and was named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. The attendees also had the chance to sit in on the book discussion that was held with the audience after the press conference.

Van’s new book “Beyond the Messy Truth: How We Came Apart How We Come Together” is well on its way to becoming his third best seller.

Jones has founded and led numerous social enterprises engaged in social and environmental justice including: The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Color of Change,  Rebuild The Dream, The Dream Corps. The Dream Corps’ major initiatives are: YesWeCode, Green For All and Magic Labs Media.


In November: Governance Committee member Russ Mitchell, Anchor/Managing Editor of WKYC News (Channel 3, Cleveland NBC) became a 2017 Press Club Hall of Fame Inductee.

In November: Mitchell was co-moderator of an Ohio gubernatorial debate sponsored by the City Club of Cleveland and IdeaStream, Cleveland Public Radio.

In November: NABJ member Sheinelle Jones, MSNBC news anchor and Weekend Today co-host was a keynote speaker at the City Club of Cleveland. Ten members of GCABJ were there to meet and greet and support her.

In December: GCABJ member, Rhonda Crowder, presents an ongoing after school forum titled: My Media.  It’s in partnership with The Cleveland Foundation and Idea Stream/WCPN 90.3.  It gives media exposure to middle school students from the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and Warrensville Heights School District.  

In December: GCABJ held its holiday party at the CLE Urban Winery. Members Sia Nyorkor, Tracie Potts and Kevin Jones and organized the event.

In November: Three local black journalists threw their hats into the political arena with one emerging victorious. Ben Holbert won as Mayor or Woodmere Village.

In November: Chapter member Nathaniel Cline completed his 10-week run with Friday Night Huddle on Spectrum Sports. Cline was an analyst for the four-hour live high school football show shown every Friday for 10 weeks across the state of Ohio. He is a general assignment sports reporter with 

In December: GCABJ’s Vice President of Print, Kevin Heard, received The Silver “B” Community Service award from The Cleveland State University’s Black Studies Department.