Michael J. Feeney, President

Michael J. Feeney, a reporter at the New York Daily News, is the President of the New York Association of Black Association of Black Journalists (NYABJ). He is also is the deputy director for Region I of NABJ and was named NABJ’s ‘Emerging Journalist of the Year’ in 2010. Feeney has been a member of NABJ since he was a freshman at Delaware State University, where he graduated with a degree in Mass Communication in 2005. Feeney aims to increase membership, provide informative programming and advocate on the behalf of black journalists in New York. Feeney, member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., has previously worked at The Record in Bergen County, N.J. and The Associated Press in Detroit.



Amity Paye, VP of Print

Amity Paye, a freelance reporter and communications specialist for 32BJ SEIU, is the Vice President of Print for the New York Association of Black Journalists (NYABJ). She is an award winning racial and economic justice reporter and has written for The Nation, The Root, Jet Magazine, DNAinfo and more. She has gained recognition for her reporting on people of color in the Occupy Wall Street movement and is a co-author of “Occupying Wall Street: The Inside Story of an Action that Changed America.” Amity started her career in Journalism at 14 years old at Teen Voices Magazine. She is a graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and worked for the New York Amsterdam News where she pioneered the 105-year-old paper’s web and social media presence.


Julie Walker, Vice President of Broadcast

Julie Walker, a correspondent for the Associated Press Radio, is the Vice President of Broadcast 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, Secretary


Aaron Morrison, a reporter at The Record (of Woodland Park, N.J.), is the Secretary of the New York Association of Black Journalists (NYABJ).





Melissa Johnson, Deputy Secretary

Melissa Johnson, a digital content creator at Octagon, is the Deputy 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 media 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.






Dwight Oestricher, Treasurer

Dwight Oestricher, a copy editor at Dow Jones Newswires, is the Treasurer of the New York Association of Black Journalists (NYABJ). A graduate of Brooklyn College, Oestricher turned an internship at the Associated Press into his first journalism job. He was awarded a Columbia University Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in 2006, earning a master’s degree in journalism and an education in economics. Oestricher was part of the team that won a Best in Business Award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers for coverage of the AOL-Time Warner merger in 2001.





Dexter Mullins, Deputy Treasurer

Dexter Mullins, an associate producer at CBS News, is the Deputy Treasurer for the New York Association of Black Journalists (NYABJ). After graduating from North Carolina A&T State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism & mass communications, with a concentration in print journalism, Mullins obtained a master’s degree in digital media from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He began his career in 2011 as a desk assistant/production assistant at NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. Mullins has gone on to work at The Wall Street Journal as a multimedia producer, and at Al Jazeera America as a online news producer and reporter.




Madison Joe Gray, Parliamentarian

Madison Gray, a homepage producer at TIME.com, TIME Magazine’s website, is the Parliamentarian of the New York Association of Black Journalists (NYABJ). He started his career covering his hometown for The Detroit News. Gray jumped into the online side of the business as a producer for NYTimes.com and later as a reporter for the Associated Press. In addition to his involvement with NYABJ, he is the recording secretary of the Brooklyn Alumni chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., where he also serves as a mentor for its Sigma Beta youth program. In 2008, Gray won the NABJ award for Online Feature for his revisiting of the 1992 Los Angeles riots.