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Black Health Matters

April 30, 2022

As part of the “Connecting the Dots between Race and Health,” a project of Ideastream Public Media funded by
The Dr. Donald J. Goodman and Ruth Weber Goodman Philanthropic Fund of The Cleveland Foundation, GCLEABJ is hosting a town hall-style forum to bring awareness to the recent legislation by the City of Cleveland as well as Cuyahoga County declaring racism as a public health crisis and to explore questions of accountability to it.


Yvonka Hall, executive director of the Black Health Coalition, along with GCLEABJ members
Rhonda Crowder and Stephanie Phelps will moderate
the discussion between a panel consisting of an elected official, hospital administrator, healthcare provider, community advocates and patient. Cleveland Ward 7 Councilwoman Stephanie Howse; Tiffany Short, the director of Culture and Organizational Effectiveness at MetroHealth; Jasmin Long, MSSA, MNO, chief executive officer, Birthing Beautiful Communities; SeMia Bray, co-facilitator Black Environmental Leaders; Dr. James Brown,
MD; and Vicki Dansby, cancer survivor are among the
confirmed panelists.


The event will be held at the
East Cleveland Public Library
14101 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44112
Sat. April 30, 2022
10:30 a.m to Noon. 

Register here:

Meet and greet with




Tuesday, March 22nd as GCLEABJ and the
Greater Cleveland Association of Hispanic Journalists join together from 5pm-9pm for an evening of networking, fun and good food at

Anejo Tequila Joint
1051 W. 10th St.
Cleveland, Ohio 44113





E. 105th & Parkgate Avenue to be renamed Leon Bibb Way on Friday, March 25

On Friday, March 25th at noon, the section of Parkgate Avenue from East 99th Street to East 105th will be renamed Leon Bibb Way, in honor of our journalism icon, member, friend and esteemed pillar of the community.

Mr. Bibb recently celebrated 50 years in the broadcast industry and was also invited into the Gold Circle of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS).

Scheduled appearances include City of Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb; Councilman Kevin Conwell; GCLEABJ President Kevin 'Chill' Heard;  the Glenville High Steppers and others. 

A reception will immediately follow the ceremony, at the GlenVillage location of Zanzibar, 1400 East 105th Street.

Meet and greet with


Mayor Justin Bibb


The Greater Cleveland Association of Black Journalists (GCLEABJ), along with the Greater Cleveland Association of Hispanic Journalists (GCAHJ) will host a meet and greet with
newly-elected City of Cleveland Mayor

Justin Bibb on January 27th at 7 p.m..

This event is for GCLEABJ and GCAHJ

members only. 




the Passing of Mansfield Frazier

October 2021

The Greater Cleveland Association of Black Journalists is mourning the loss of our friend and chapter charter member Mansfield Frazier.  He served on our editorial and PR committees. 

As an author, print and radio journalist, and commentator,  Mansfield touched so many lives across Greater Cleveland and beyond. His strong voice stirred passion, debate, and always
made us think.


A social entrepreneur, through his beloved Vineyards of Chateau Hough, Mansfield turned grapes into wine and became a powerful symbol of the rebirth in the Hough community
as well as for those seeking a second chance
in life. Mansfield Frazier was a great guy.
We will miss his wisdom, sense of humor and undeniable presence.

We send our deepest sympathy to his
beloved family. 


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Condolences for Photojournalist/Producer Herb Thomas

October 2021


The following message is from our president, Kevin Heard:


To all GCLEABJ members,

It is with a heavy heart that I acknowledge the passing of our brother, Herb Thomas. Herb was an award-winning producer and photojournalist for well over 40 years at WJW-TV. On behalf of everyone at the Greater Cleveland Association of Black Journalists, I would like to offer my sincerest sympathies for the loss of our brother and colleague. He was a proud supporter of our organization who graciously provided his place of business for several of our meetings.

While serving as Entertainment Editor at the Call & Post Newspaper I had the pleasure of assigning and publishing a story about Brother Herb Thomas and his Prayer Warriors (written by GCLEABJ member Bob Ferguson). I was proud to have known him, and more proud to have called him a friend.

On behalf of the entire membership, our condolences go out to his family, friends, and co-workers for their loss.


Happy 50th Anniversary, Leon Bibb! WKYC TV-3 airing two-part tribute honoring esteemed journalist

Congratulations to the Bowling Green State University 2021 Class of the Academy of Distinguished Alumni: Emmy-winning journalist Leon Bibb Class of ’66. Leon Bibb is an acclaimed Emmy-winning journalist who broke ground as the first black primetime news anchor in Ohio and one of the first in the country. This year marks his 50th straight year
in television.

Click here to read the full story

Tonight! Virtual Cleveland Mayoral Town Hall at 7:30 pm

October 2021


The Virtual Cleveland Mayoral Town Hall with candidates Justin Bibb and Kevin Kelley takes place TONIGHT at 7:30 pm.  The event, happening live at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, will be simulcast on WKYC TV-3 and moderated by 3News Anchor and our own VP of Broadcast, Russ Mitchell.

Our past president, Mr. Harry Boomer, will be in attendance, representing the Chapter.

The Forum is hosted by Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse and presented by the Cleveland Branch of the NAACP and the Urban League of Greater Cleveland. GCLEABJ serves as one of the Community Partners.


at Classic for Columbus

September 2021

What a great time we had at the Classic for Columbus football game Saturday,
September 3, 2021 at Ohio State watching Central State and Kentucky State square off on the field and in the battle of the bands. Thank you to the Classic for Columbus for celebrating GCLEABJ and for the luxury suite. 


The Stars in Cleveland

September 2021

Michal Jai White and Gillen White the dynamic couple from Hollywood while in Cleveland for the GCUFF took time to tour our city with GCLEABJ representatives. Here the stopped at the world famous Cleveland sign at Edgewater cliff side for a photo opportunity. Gillan White commented "What a great view of Cleveland." 


Tucker Re-Elected

August 2021

Dorothy Tucker, the incumbent President of NABJ, and an award-winning investigative reporter for CBS2 Chicago was re-elected President of NABJ. Tucker received 531 votes (83%) while her opponent Manuel Smith received 111 votes (17%). Tucker previously served as NABJ VP-Broadcast, six years as a regional director, and held leadership roles in five local chapters. Details on votes are below. Read more

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