A familiar face heads up TBABJ


TAMPA BAY — Veteran news anchor Rod Carter has been elected president of the Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists (TBABJ).

The WFLA News Channel 8 anchor will lead the organization that represents journalists and communication professionals of color in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Citrus, Hernando, Polk, Manatee and Pasco counties. He previously served as TBABJ’s vice president of broadcast.

Carter anchors News Channel 8’s weekend evening newscasts at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. He also anchors “News Channel 8 at 8’’ Saturday and Sunday evenings on Great 38/WTTA-TV.

He is a proud graduate of Florida A&M University (FAMU) in Tallahassee and second vice president of the Tampa chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity.

Carter is very active in the community and serves as master of ceremonies at many community events throughout Tampa Bay.

He is on the Community Leadership Board of the American Diabetes Association; a Swope, Rodante Vanguard Award Selection Board member; member of the FAMU School of Journalism & Graphic Communication Board of Visitors; a life member of the FAMU National Alumni Association; and a board member with the Crescent Foundation, the non-profit arm of the Tampa Alumni Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. Carter also is a member of Beulah Baptist Institutional Church in Tampa where he serves on the public relations team.

Carter replaces Lorraine McBride, a producer with Bay News 9.

TBABJ, an affiliate of the National Association of Black Journalists, strives to help ensure diversity in area media and accurate, balanced coverage of communities of color while serving as a resource for both established and aspiring communicators of African descent.

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