Karen Wilson, newly elected HRBMP president
September 6, 2014 –
Karen Wilson, a founding member and former president of the Hampton Roads Black Media Professionals, became president of the organization again by unanimous vote on Aug. 16. Wilson intends to continue the organization’s successful programs, including its scholarship program, and to also work on new offerings.“Great strides have been made, but there is still more to do,” she said. “Our story and struggle matter and as people entrusted with the talent to communicate, we must continue to keep our story current and relevant.”
Wilson has an extensive background in community engagement, internal communications and media relations. Following a 17-year career as a public affairs specialist for the Training and Doctrine Command (Fort Eustis, VA) and Air Combat Command (Langley AFB, VA), she worked in Hertford County, NC in public relations and as a journalism instructor. She currently works as a freelance journalist and public relations practitioner. She is also an evangelist, author and speaker. As a longtime resident of the Hampton Roads community, she is an advocate for sickle cell disease research, children’s issues and community capacity building.
Wilson returned to the helm of HRBMP out of respect for the retired journalists who withstood so that today’s professionals could stand in positions of influence and power.