News Release
News Release
News Release
News Release
June 29, 2007
Ann Marie Cumming

NABEF Announces Fellowship Recipients for Executive and Management Development Programs

WASHINGTON, DC - The NAB Education Foundation (NABEF) announced today the recipients of their Professional Fellowship program. Eight fellowship recipients were selected to attend the NAB Executive Development Program for Radio Broadcasters (EDP). Four fellowship recipients were chosen to attend the Management Development Seminar for Television Executives (MDS) to be held in July. The McCormick Tribune Foundation provides an additional four fellowships to the MDS program through the McCormick Fellowship program. Recipients were selected from a pool of qualified candidates of demonstrated ability who show promise for future advancement in radio and television.

The EDP fellowship recipients are:

Rhonda Austin
Public Broadcasting Council, WXXI
Rochester, NY

Joy Chapman
Perry Broadcasting, KJMZ
Lawton, OK

Sergio Garcia
Norsan Broadcasting
Duluth, GA

Gary Gunter
Radio One Detroit, WDKM-FM
Detroit, MI

Catherine Lerma
American Family Radio, KAFR 88.3FM
Conroe, TX

Lorraine Ballard-Morrill
Clear Channel Radio Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA

Davis Nixon
Radio One, Inc., News Talk 1200 WCHB AM
Detroit, MI

Willis Payne Jr.
Milwaukee, WI

The MDS fellowship recipients are:

Camila Becker
Pappas Telecasting of Siouxland
Dakota Dunes, SD

Christina Collins
Terre Haute, IN

Alexandra Nevins
Yonkers, NY

Katherine Ramirez
Acme Communications
Madison, WI

The four McCormick fellows for the MDS program are:

Teri Arvesu
WLTV Univision 23
Miami, FL

Regina Brayboy
WHRO Public Broadcasting
Norfolk, VA

Ali Joseph
NBC Universal Digital Studios
New York, NY

Leslie Patterson-Tyler
WTXF-TV Fox 29
Philadelphia, PA

"NABEF's fellowship programs provide aspiring broadcast executives with tools that will strengthen management and broaden the diversity of viewpoints in broadcasting," said NABEF President Marcellus Alexander. "Support from The McCormick Tribune Foundation and NAB has made it possible for participants to receive an MBA-style education at a fraction of the cost."

The NABEF Fellowship Program provides management training for women and people of color in radio and television. In particular, the program strives to promote diversity by increasing the pool of qualified broadcasters from minority groups.

The Executive Development Program and Management Development Seminar provides attendees with professional business skills that prepare them for the next steps in their careers. Both courses count toward a station's required number of outreach activities under EEO rules. The EDP will take place July 14-17, 2007 at Georgetown University. The MDS will be held at Northwestern University July 23-27, 2007. For more information contact or

The EDP and MDS Fellowships are made possible through the generous support of the Robert M. McCormick Tribune Foundation and NAB. For NABEF Professional Fellowship Application information contact

About The McCormick Tribune Foundation
The McCormick Tribune Foundation is one of the nation's largest charitable organizations, granting more than $1 billion to organizations in local communities across the country. Their mission is to advance the ideals of a free, democratic society by investing in children, communities and the country. The Foundation, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2005, was established as a charitable trust upon the death of Col. Robert R. McCormick, longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune and founder of WGN radio and television. For more information, visit

The NAB Education Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the public interest in supporting and advocating: education and training programs, strategies to increase diversity, initiatives stressing the importance of the First Amendment, community service, philanthropy and timely broadcasting issues.

About NAB
The National Association of Broadcasters is a trade association that advocates on behalf of more than 8,300 free, local radio and television stations and also broadcast networks before Congress, the Federal Communications Commission and the Courts. Information about NAB can be found at