Former NAJA Leader Lincoln Michel Elected Unity President

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By: E&P Staff

Karen Lincoln Michel, state bureau chief of the Green Bay (Wisc.) Press-Gazette and a past president of the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) has been elected president of Unity: Journalists of Color Inc. for the 2007-2009 term, the organization announced Monday.

Unity is an alliance of four minority journalists groups: the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA); National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ); National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) and NAJA with a combined membership of more than 10,000.

Unity said Lincoln Michel was elected unanimously by the organization’s 17-member board of directors.

Lincoln Michel has been a director for more than six years between 1994 and this year.

She succeeds Mae Cheng, a regional editor with Newsday in Melville, N.Y. whose two-year term ends Dec. 31.

As vice president, the Unity board selected Aki Soga, business editor at The Burlington (Vt.) Free Press. Soga succeeds NABJ President Bryan Monroe, who recently became vice president and editorial director for Ebony and Jet magazines.

John Yearwood, world editor of the Miami Herald and current NABJ treasurer, will become Unity’s new treasurer.

Yearwood succeeds Javier Aldape, editor and vice president of Diario Hoy in Chicago. And Rafael Olmeda, assistant city editor at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and recently elected NAHJ president, will serve as secretary.
Unity’s next joint convention of the four associations will be held July 23 to 27, 2008, in Chicago.

In 2004, more than 8,100 journalists attended Unity ’04, making it the largest convention of journalists in U.S. history.

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