2016 Patricia Fisher Scholars

The Seattle Association of Black Journalists is proud to announce our Patricia Fisher Scholars for the 2016-17 academic year.

2016 Patricia Fisher Scholar Merdie Nzanga
Merdie Nzanga

Merdie Nzanga enters her junior year at American University as a three-time recipient of the Patricia Fisher Endowed Scholarship. Her academic adviser writes that Merdie’s goal in journalism is to “be a conduit for truth telling and image congruence regarding Africa bring a place of beauty, intelligence and prosperity with its own set of problems like any other continent.”

Merdie is a second-generation immigrant to the U.S. from the Democratic Republic of Congo. She observes that U.S. news coverage of the African content is incomplete, prioritizing stories on HIV, war, and inadequate health care.

Meanwhile Merdie’s family members report to her stories often untold in western media: Economic growth in Angola; women taking on more powerful positions in farming, government and business in Uganda.

Merdie anticipates the challenges of working as a foreign correspondent in Africa, pitching stories that contradict a narrative of dependence and poverty. But with her journalism experience and her fluency in English and French, meeting that challenge is her plan.

Merdie has written for the Seattle Globalist, American University Television, American’s Eagle Online and the NABJ Monitor at the annual convention of the National Association of Black Journalists.


2016 Patricia Fisher Scholar Jaden Young
Jaden Young

Jaden Young enters her freshman year at Dartmouth College as a Patricia Fisher Scholar. Jaden’s teachers at Spokane’s Lewis and Clark High School praise her sophisticated cultural literacy, her perseverance, her eye for design and her gift for news writing.

Jaden’s journalism adviser appointed her editor-in-chief of her student newspaper, The LC Journal, for her senior year. Jaden joined the paper as a junior to push herself to write more often and ask questions more effectively. There she found what she calls “delicious challenges:” Getting interviewees to open up, crafting stories that inform without bias, and, as news editor, “encouraging” staff to meet deadlines.

Jaden is also a recipient of a best writer award from the North Idaho College high school journalism conference. Her clips include a profile of a faith-based athletes’ club at her school and an obituary of a Pulitzer prizewinner who also graduated from Lewis and Clark High.

When Jaden was in tenth grade her advanced placement English teacher often saved Jaden’s essays to read last, because, the teacher writes, “they helped me learn and consider new ideas.”

Congratulations to Merdie and Jaden from SABJ!


New SABJ Officers

We’d like to introduce you to our new officers.  These fine journalists are committed to building a community of support, partnership and excellence in journalism for journalists of color in Seattle.

President, Paris Jackson 

Traffic Anchor/Reporter
KOMO Television









Vice President – Broadcast, Phyllis Fletcher

Managing Editor
Northwest News Network








Vice President – Print, Percy Allen 

Sports Reporter, Seattle Times









Secretary, Kakela Hall

Regional Director of Marketing & Communications South King County YMCA

Kakela Hall








Treasurer, Essex Porter

Reporter, KIRO Television


SABJ Happy Hour!

Please join us for our next meeting and happy hour!

SABJ Mixer

Wednesday, May 20th from 6:30 PM
to 8:30 PM

4000 East Madison Street Seattle, WA 98112

On the agenda:

Meet and greet with media members and those new to the Seattle media community

*The election of officers

*Updates Patricia Fisher Endowed Scholarship reception

*Calendar meeting & events for 2015

*Beer, Wine and Small plates will be available for purchase.

*RSVP with Kakela Hall @ kdhallcommunications@gmail.com

We look forward to seeing you there!

Seattle Black Media Announcements and Awards

2015 is proving to be a big year for media in Seattle. Here’s a partial list of our members and black journalists making major moves in the fields of journalism and public relations.  (This list will update regularly.)

Aaron Day

10600449_10152669898208552_8290980758593591066_nAfter 10 years at KING 5, Aaron Day has moved to KCPQ-TV where he produces the 7:00 a.m. hour of Q13 FOX News This Morning. Prior to KCPQ, Day produced morning newscasts at KING 5. Aaron is also an adjunct professor of journalism at Green River College and Bellevue College. He’s earning a doctorate in Organizational Leadership at City University of Seattle. His research interests are newsroom morale, change management, and organizational culture.

Kakela Hall

Kakela HallSABJ member Kakela Hall was recently named Regional Director of Marketing & Communications South King County YMCA. She was previously National Account Manager for the Apollo Group.  Congrats Kakela!


Tonya Mosley

Broadcast journalist Tonya Mosley
Broadcast journalist Tonya Mosley

Broadcast Journalist Tonya Mosley was most recently named a 2015 John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford. Tonya will spend the next year in Palo Alto, California working on an innovative journalism challenge along with 20 other fellows from around the world. Tonya was also named “Journalist of the Year” by the Washington Association for Justice. Her four part series “Black in Seattle” also won her a national RTDNA Unity Award and the National Association of Black Journalists Salute to Excellence Award. In 2014, Tonya was named one of the “51 Most Influential People” by Seattle Magazine. You can follow Tonya on Twitter here.


Jesse Jones

Consumer Broadcast Reporter Jesse JonesAfter months off the air, highly popular television consumer reporter Jesse Jones is back on television, this time at KIRO TV.  Jesse left KING 5 last fall to accept an opportunity to expand his popular franchise “Get Jesse,” this time under his full name – Jesse Jones. You can catch Jesse and his consumer reports on Channel 7. Follow Jesse on Twitter here.


Jerry Brewer

Sports Columnist Jerry Brewer

Sports Columnist Jerry Brewer has left the building! After 8 years with The Seattle Times Brewer has taken a columnist position with The Washington Post. Brewer has received numerous accolades over the years, including sportswriter of the year by the National Association of Sportswriters and Broadcasters, and has been honored by the Associated Press Sports Editors for feature writing, project reporting and column writing. A warm congratulations Jerry,  and best wishes for continued success in the other Washington! Follow Jerry on Twitter here.

Gee Scott

Gee Scott

Gee Scott, former host of the highly acclaimed ESPN Show “The Barbershop” with legendary Seattle Seahawk Marcus Trufant and funny man Terri Holliman – is now the co-host of the “Justin & Gee Show.” You can listen to “Justin & Gee” M-F 10am-12pm on 710ESPN. Follow Gee on Twitter here.








Media in the new civil rights era

On April 29, 2015 the Seattle Association of Black Journalists partnered with the Northwest African American Museum for a community discussion on the media’s role and responsibilities when covering issues of civil and human rights.  More than 140 community members attended this spirited discussion which focused on the media’s role in accurately chronicling the #BlackLivesMatter movement, issues of human rights and cases involving accusations of police brutality.

Photos courtesy of: Jack Storms
Photos courtesy of: Jack Storms

The diverse panel included, The Seattle Globalist co-founder Sarah Stuteville, University of Washington Professor Ralina Joseph, UW Black Panther Party for Self Defense co-founder and activist Elmer Dixon, Seattle/KING County NAACP President Gerald Hankerson, student activist Michael Moynihan and KIRO TV Reporter Maria Guerrero. The discussion was moderated by broadcast journalist Tonya Mosley.

2015 Patricia Fisher Endowed Scholarship Recipients

We are proud to award the 2015 Patricia Fisher Endowed Fund Scholarship to two promising students who have demonstrated a commitment to the principals of scholarship and journalism.

Ashley Walls


“Thank you all so much for continuing to support me through the Patricia Fisher Endowed Scholarship. I can only hope that I do her name justice by continuing to pursue my dreams, and I can easily say that I can’t have imagined doing the things I’ve been able to do and pursue the opportunities I have been able to without SABJ’s support. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

- Ashley Walls junior, University of Washington



Merdie Nzanga



“Thank you SABJ for investing in my future!”



- Merdie Nzanga sophomore, American University sophomore


SABJ proudly continues a tradition of building the next generation of accomplished journalists through scholarships, mentoring and teaching. SABJ created the Patricia Fisher Endowed Scholarship in 1991 to honor Pat Fisher, a former Seattle Times columnist and first African-American to serve on the newspaper’s Editorial Board. Since then, more than $100,000 has been awarded in college support to Washington students of color pursuing studies in journalism, photography, web design and communications.

SABJ community forum flyer

Media In The New Civil Rights Era

SABJ community forum flyer

SABJ, in partnership with the Northwest African American Museum, is proud to host a community forum that will discuss what role the media will play in providing coverage for the new civil rights era.

Our panelists will include figures from the fight for civil rights then and now. The event will be moderated by award winning broadcast journalist Tonya Mosley.

Join us Wednesday, April 29th from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at the Northwest African American Museum. (2300 S. Massachusetts St.). We look forward to your presence and participation. Download a printable copy of the flyer and help spread the word.

This event is free and open to the public but registration is required.  Click here and register now.


Seattle Association of Black Journalists