The Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists (CAABJ) is an affiliate chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), a nonprofit organization focused on establishing strong ties among African-Americans working in the media and expanding and balancing the media's coverage of the African-American community and experience.

August 30, 2012

CAABJ Hosts DNC Mixer Sunday

RSVPs from local, regional and national guests are rolling in for our mixer to kick off coverage of the DNC this Sunday, 6-9 p.m. at Caviar. This exclusive, invitation-only event is free for all CAABJ members and will include political, cultural and thought leaders, as well as some of the nation's best journalists and a special performance by Grammy-winning artist Gerald Albright. Space is limited and RSVP is required, so please respond to the email invitation before Sunday!

Special thanks to our sponsorship partners:
Wells Fargo
The Urban League of the Central Carolinas
Comcast NBC Universal
Food Lion
Foothills News Channel
Richard A. Peniston Law Firm
Hope Haven Catering


  • Sunday, Sept. 2, 6-9 pm
  • Caviar Nightlife, 300 E. Stonewall Street
  • RSVP required (check your email)
See you there!

August 17, 2012

CAABJ Summer Splash

Are you ready for our Summer Splash soiree?
We're having cookout food, live DJ and giveaways at our private Uptown rooftop.
Come party with us under skyline views, or cool off in the pool this Saturday.
Today's the last day to get discounted tickets at and space is limited, so don't delay!

WHEN: Saturday Aug. 18, 6-9 p.m.
WHERE: 715 N. Church Street
DRESS: Poolside chic

*Non-members and friends of CAABJ are invited to come, too!

July 15, 2012

Carl McLean Tapped for Station Honor

Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists members continue to make a difference in the workplace. WSOC veteran photographer, editor and satellite truck operator Carl McLean proves that. Friday Carl received the inaugural  WSOC/ WAXN-TV Noogie Award. The monthly award is given to the employee who has shown dedication and leadership beyond the call of duty. Station Manager Joe Pomillo presented the award during a brief ceremony.
     Carl has covered news in Charlotte for 29 years. You may not know his face, but you've seen his work. He's documented some of the biggest moments in Charlotte history, including Hurricane Hugo, the Jim Bakker scandal, the NBA expansion to Charlotte-Hornets, the Rae Carruth murder trial, the trial of serial killer Henry Lewis Wallace and the Panthers' Super Bowl appearance.
     Co-worker and CAABJ President Ken Lemon calls Carl the model newsman. "Carl does it all, knows it all, and uses his talents to improve everyone around him. He often works magic with a camera. His advice to me early in my career with WSOC was invaluable".
     Carl says "I've really been blessed to do a job that's been exciting and demanding. After all these years I still love it! And to think they pay me to do it! LOL!"
Congratulations, Carl!

July 5, 2012

Bowling with the Journalists is Back!

Bowl with your favorite broadcaster, catch a spare with section editor or hit the pocket with a producer this month, for a good cause. Join Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists next Friday for our annual scholarship fundraiser.

Celebrity pin crushers include: 

Sonja Gantt
Anjanette Flowers
Richard DeVayne

Tenikka Smith
Ken Lemon

Christine Nelson
Dedrick Russell

We knock 'em down at 8 pm, Friday July 13th at Northcross Lanes At The Lake, 16317 Statesville Road Huntersville, NC. Your twenty dollars pays for shoes and two hours of bowling.  Proceeds from this event will go to help a deserving college student continue their studies. For more information, email us at or call 704 564-0313.

June 26, 2012

WGIV Program Director A.C. Stowe Dies

Alvin A.C. Stowe, program director for WGIV AM/FM in Charlotte and host of The A.C. Stowe Morning Show, made his transition Saturday, June 23rd at 11:05 a.m.  

Alvin “AC” Stowe was a 30-year veteran programmer in the radio industry. He began his career at his alma mater, Shaw University’s WSHA-FM. His list of stations include Top 40 G-105 and Adult Contemporary WDNC in Durham, N.C. He also implemented the format switch to Urban AC at WFXC & WDUR in Durham, which went #1 under his tenure.

Other programming stops included WBLX in Mobile, Alabama and WMGL in Charleston, S.C. where he implemented the format switch from Top 40 to Urban AC. After a 10 year hiatus as Regional Promotions Manger for Atlantic Records, A.C. got back to programming at WQMG in Greensboro, N.C. which posted its first #1 book under his leadership, WQNC & WPZS Charlotte, N.C.

Family services for Stowe will be held Thursday, June 28th at 1 p.m. at the Union Baptist Church, 1200 N. Trade St. in Winston-Salem, N.C. Viewing will begin at 12 Noon.