Shirley Carswell, a professional journalist, and professor at Howard University was recently named the new Executive Director of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ).
Born in Pittsburgh, PA, Carswell started her career working at various newspapers in Virginia and Michigan as a journalist and editor where she built up her resume enough to find herself at The Washington Post. At The Washington Post, she was a copy desk chief and newsroom administrator. She covered pieces that revolved around the struggle and success of Black students and professionals in America. Even though Carswell continues to write time-to-time for the Post, she focuses on being the editorial advisor for The Hilltop, the student-led newspaper at Howard University.
Carswell’s extreme involvement on Howard’s campus is rarely belittled from her peers and students. Carswell is the program director of Howard Media Sales Institute, a 12-day boot camp where students are immersed in learning electronic media advertising sales and sales techniques.
With over 30 years of experience, Carswell has accomplished everything from graduating Magna Cum Laude from Howard University to being a prestigious member of the senior leadership team at The Washington Post.
Drew Berry, the recent Executive Director at NABJ finished his term on June 30th in which NABJ announced a few months prior that they were on a national search for a new individual to take the position. “The NABJ Board thanks, Drew Berry for his excellent service to the association as executive consultant for the last 20 months,” said Sarah Glover, President of NABJ. “Drew’s role in the association’s million-dollar turnaround is noteworthy and appreciated.” NABJ hasn’t officially released a statement regarding Carswell’s new role.
We here at Walker’s Legacy congratulate Carswell on her accomplishment and look forward to much more success from her.