Episode 7: NABJ co-founder Sam Ford reminisces on organization’s early days

Happy Black History Month,

This month, I’m sitting down with the one and only Sam Ford.

In 2016, Ford was added to D.C.’s Hall of Fame.

He is one of 44 men and women, “who gathered on Dec. 12, 1975, in Washington, D.C., to form NABJ.”

For more than three decades, he has been the voice D.C., as ABC7/WJLA-TV’s bureau chief.

Before ABC7, he spent nine years as a CBS News correspondent.

Tune in to hear Sam Ford’s analysis.

Photo credit: WJLA.com

Anna-Lysa Gayle: What issues were you trying to address when you started NABJ?

Sam Ford: “Our main issue was getting more Black people hired in these television stations. I think that was mainly it. It was to push things like that. To get Black people in newsrooms, because in a lot of cases, we weren’t there.”

Listen to the full interview, with Sam Ford, on Apple podcastsGoogle podcasts, Spotify or here on the site (click play above).

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