The Greater St. Louis Association of Black Journalists (GSLABJ) has been serving journalists, students and the community for 40 years. The GSLABJ is an affiliate of the National Association of Black Journalists.
The Greater St. Louis Association of Black Journalists (GSLABJ) was founded in 1976 by:
- Gerald M. Boyd (first president), reporter, St. Louis Post-Dispatch*
- George Curry, reporter, St. Louis Post-Dispatch*
- Gaynelle Evans, producer, KTVI-TV
- Donald Hammonds, reporter, St. Louis Globe-Democrat
- Cleora Hughes, reporter, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
- Margie Hollins, public relations manager, City of Wellston, MO
- LeRoy Grant, public relations manager, Southwestern Bell Telephone Co.
- Robert Joiner, reporter, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
- Betty Lee, editor, Proud magazine*
- Linda Lockhart, reporter, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
- Chris Moore, producer/ host, KETC-TV
- Christine Mullen, producer/ writer, J-V-L News
- Joseph Palmer, publisher, J-V-L News and Proud magazine*
- Sheila R. Rule, reporter, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
- Robin Smith, reporter/anchor, KMOX-TV
- Stan Stovall, reporter, KSD-TV
- Ellen Sweets, reporter, St. Louis Post-Dispatch (also of the St. Louis American)
- Fred Sweets, photographer, St. Louis Post-Dispatch (also of the St. Louis American)
Shortly after it began, the GSLABJ launched an innovative workshop for high-school students interested in journalism careers, which has become a model of networking and service to the profession.
Many members of the GSLABJ have gone on to a variety of prestigious newspaper, magazine, broadcasting and Internet positions in Washington, DC; New York City, Boston, Chicago and elsewhere over the years, and students in the association's journalism workshops for high-school and early-college students have gone on to impressive careers in journalism as well. Both professionals and workshop students have launched workshops in a number of other cities, including DC, Memphis, Pittsburgh and New York City. All retain close connections to friends and colleagues from the GSLABJ to this day.