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Black Voices in Media

Amplifying Black Excellence

Limiting the narrative around Black achievement still regularly plays out in our media today. According to Nielsen, while representation of Black talent on television today is high, 16% in 2020, the themes and roles African Americans are most often seen in are limited primarily to reality shows, drama, horror, sports, music, and “urban” themed programming. This panel will feature Michelle Fisher, an accomplished television journalist and host with experience telling stories for traditional news, entertainment, and digital media alongside “Nurse Alice” Benjamin: mom, wellness advocate, media personality, and entrepreneur specializing in cardiovascular health as a nationally board-certified and award-winning Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Michelle Fisher

Sanmaya Mohanty

Michelle Fisher is an accomplished television journalist and host with experience telling stories for traditional news, entertainment, and digital media. She is currently an anchor for Black News Channel’s BNC Go. Prior to joining BNC, Michelle anchored a digital show for NBC News in New York City, and served as a fill-in host for ‘Early Today’.

Michelle’s work as an on-air talent has taken her across the country. Michelle was a general assignment reporter and anchor for CBS Boston. She was also an anchor for the NBC/FOX affiliate in Monroe, Louisiana. Michelle’s journey in journalism started in Los Angeles where she worked behind the scenes on the assignment desk at KTLA.

While in L.A., Michelle also worked as an entertainment journalist covering red carpets, press junkets, and an array of industry events. Additionally, Michelle has held internships with a number of notable media outlets including CNN Los Angeles, ABC News Los Angeles, and US Weekly Magazine.

Michelle is a Virginia native who graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor’s degree in American Studies. Michelle later earned a journalism certification from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Michelle is an active member of the National Association of Black Journalists. She has created and facilitated several NABJ Convention workshops, including the NABJ Clothing Swap Fundraiser, which supported the NABJ scholarship fund.

Both of Michelle’s parents were also broadcast journalists. They met while her dad was working in television and her mom was working in radio. Aside from television news, Michelle loves fashion, travel, and DYI projects.

“Nurse Alice” Benjamin

Bridget Finkeldey

“Nurse Alice” Benjamin is a mom, wellness advocate, media personality, and entrepreneur. Specializing in cardiovascular health, she’s a nationally board certified and award-winning Clinical Nurse Specialist with over 20 years of experience. Known affectionally as America’s Favorite Nurse, she makes it her business to keep her finger on America’s pulse. A self-care advocate and unabashed ice cream lover, she teaches the importance of a balanced, happy life. It’s not just treating yourself to a day at the spa or trying a fad diet, it’s making healthy choices daily to counter the effects of emotional and physical stressors. Nurse Alice challenges her followers to start making lifestyle changes today for a better, healthier tomorrow.

Nurse Alice is a community health activist and an involved member of several professional and health organizations. Most notably, she is a national spokesperson for American Heart Association and health advisor for AARP. Prior to that, she was an AARP Affordable Care Act Advisor and past chairwoman for the American Heart Association’s Western States Multicultural Health Equity Task Force, overseeing 10 states with programs that impact nearly 65 million people. Some of her television appearances include Dr. Oz, The Doctors, Dr. Drew, Fox and Friends, CNN, HLN, NBC 4 News, Roland Martin News One Now, and KTLA 5 Morning News. She’s also been on Fox News affiliate radio stations, the Tom Joyner Morning Show, WENO 760 AM, and Los Angeles stations KJLH 102.3 FM, KDAY 93.5 FM and KFI-AM 640.

Maryella Marie

Sanmaya Mohanty

Maryella Marie [she/her] is a renaissance womxn and social impact multimedia producer who has spent a decade working with diverse technologists, independent artists, and divergent innovators across the globe to deepen their audiences’ emotional intelligence.

You can find her at The Positive Force Team curating and facilitating masterclasses and workshops centered around emotional intelligence, equity, and creative leadership; producing mindful collaborations between artists and organizations in the Americas to build bridges and inspire positive social impact, and creative directing the “Brainwashing” radio series featuring counter-culture conversations, storytelling, ASMR, and independent music from heart-full thought-leaders, visionaries, and independent artists around the world.

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