Julie Walker, a correspondent for the Associated Press Radio, is the President of the New York Association of Black Journalists (NYABJ). She is an award winning radio, television and print journalist who lives and works in New York. Julie is an AP Radio correspondent and also freelances for CNN, NPR, Washington Post’s The Root and various other media outlets. Julie has also been a co-host of Newsweek on Air. She covers business news from the New York Stock Exchange as well as breaking news and general assignment stories from the streets of New York City. Julie began her career as an intern at ABC News in Paris. She spent eight years at NY1 News covering everything from 9/11 to the crash of flight 587 to entertainment. She was also a producer of the Fortune Business Report. Julie is a graduate of Wellesley College.
Aaron Morrison is an award-winning New York-based multimedia journalist, and is currently a civil rights and diversity writer at The International Business Times in New York City. Aaron has been a writer at The Record of Bergen County, a newspaper in northern New Jersey, the Daily Record (Gannett) in Morristown, N.J. and the Associated Press. He has also been a freelance United Nations correspondent for the Miami Herald. Aaron previously held the position of NYABJ Secretary, 2014-2016.
Brionna Jimerson is the Social Media Analyst at ABC News and VP Broadcast, NYABJ. She lives, works, and thrives at the intersection of media and public service, constantly experimenting with data-inspired ways to disrupt journalism and connect social news audiences with engaging, relevant journalism and new avenues of storytelling. She was previously at NBC News (Today Show morning news team; Assistant Producer at Dateline NBC and NBC News Special Projects), and NPR in Boston (multi-platform desk at “Here & Now”). Brionna’s work has appeared on NBCNews.com, ForHarriet.com, and in The New York Observer. A St. Louis native and graduate of Tufts University, Brionna was the first black woman to serve as Managing Editor in The Tufts Daily’s 23-year history. Brionna is driven by her unyielding passion for uniting black journalists with resources, opportunities, and each other.
Melissa Johnson, the video production manager at Octagon, is the Secretary of the New York Association of Black Journalists (NYABJ). After graduating Lehman College with a degree in Mass Communication, Melissa began her career in broadcast at BronxNet Community Television as a Producer and Editor on the channel’s Emmy award winning morning show. Melissa has since made a mark in digital media, producing video content for several websites including Black Enterprise.com, CocoaFab.com, ChicRebellion.tv, Grammy.com, and Justfab.com. She currently works to produce and coordinate story branded content for clients such as Johnson & Johnson, MasterCard, and AB InBev.