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San Francisco State Alum named President of NABJ

The National Association of Black Journalists elected San Francisco State alumnus Bob Butler as its 20th president on August 2. Butler is an award-winning multimedia journalist at KCBS radio in San Francisco.

Butler (B.A., Radio and Television, ’94) began his radio career as a desk assistant at KBLX in Berkeley in 1979, then Oakland’s KDIA in 1980. He landed an internship at KCBS in 1981 and was hired as a desk assistant, later promoted to editor before becoming a reporter in 1989. Butler has covered news across the United States and abroad, in Namibia, Tanzania, Senegal, Mexico and Brazil. He won a national Edward R. Murrow Award for his work in post-Katrina New Orleans and was part of the KCBS news team that won a George Foster Peabody Award for coverage of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. He was a lead reporter on the award-winning Chauncey Bailey Project, a cross-platform journalistic effort that helped convict all responsible for the 2007 death of Bailey, editor of the Oakland Post.

Butler spent 18 months as director of diversity for CBS Corporation, directing an apprenticeship program that trained the next generation of television newsroom managers. He has served as vice president and national EEO chair on the board of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, helping improve job security and working conditions for broadcast journalists. Butler has been the NABJ’s vice president for broadcast since 2009.

The NABJ is an organization of journalists, students and media-related professionals that provides quality programs and services to and advocates on behalf of black journalists worldwide. Founded by 44 men and women in 1975, NABJ is the largest organization of journalists of color in the nation.