Vince Sanders, NABJ Founder Dies At 83

Contributed by Shawna Mizelle 

The National Association of Black Journalists was founded in 1975 in Washington, D.C. by 44 men and women. The mission of the organization is to provide quality programs to and advocate on behalf of black journalists. The need for a black journalistic organization was apparent due to a lack of diversity within news rooms as well as within other journalistic organizations.

Vince Sanders was one of the 44 men and women that created many opportunities for black journalists to come after them. Sanders passed away Oct 10. in his home in Longwood, Florida according to his wife Joyce Sanders.

During his career Sanders hosted a call in radio show which aired for a decade titled Opinion. He was also a news anchor on WMAQ-TV, Chicago’s news station. He was also the Vice President of Broadcast Operations at the National Black Network as well as an author of two books. Sanders eventually retired to Florida after nearly 40 years in the field.

NABJ founder Joe Davidson spoke with the association about Sanders. “Vince had a big smile, a warm personality and a deep, booming voice God made for radio. Plus, he was handsome enough for television. His death, and that of Les Payne earlier this year, reminds us of how quickly we are losing founders,” said Davidson.

Many expressed condolences via social media.

Sanders is survived by his wife, children, grand children, and great grand children.

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