NABJ Honors CNN’s Janet Roll? with Annual Media Professional Award


    March 16, 2012 12:35 UTC

    NABJ Honors CNN’s Janet Roll? with Annual Media Professional Award

    The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) announces the
    selection of Janet Roll?, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing
    Officer for CNN Worldwide, as its 2012 Pat Tobin Media Professional
    Award Recipient. The award recognizes a public relations, advertising,
    or marketing professional that has had a distinctive impact in the media
    realm, which has resulted in positive media coverage of the black
    community, thus improving the media landscape.

    “NABJ is proud to honor Janet Roll?. She represents the very essence of
    this award; the behind the scenes force helping to create on-air
    successes,” NABJ President Gregory Lee Jr. said. “Roll? is one of our
    industry’s brightest stars. We are delighted that we have the
    opportunity to recognize her contributions.”

    Roll? oversees the positioning and promotion of CNN’s multiple networks
    and services, including CNN,, CNN International, HLN,, CNN Mobile and all other CNN services.

    ?Janet has been an inspiration and a driving force for CNN as she
    continues to?create innovative opportunities to reach a diverse range of
    potential viewers.?We are pleased that NABJ has recognized her
    contributions by awarding her the Pat Tobin?Award,”?said Jim Walton,
    president CNN Worldwide.

    She joined CNN in April 2011 from BET Networks, where as executive vice
    president and chief marketing officer she led brand strategy and
    marketing efforts. In her final months at BET, Roll? helped the network
    make cable history with the premiere of the networks history making
    scripted series, “The Game,” the highest-rated original sitcom in cable

    Advertising Age magazine named her one of “10 Who Made Their Mark” in
    2010 for her noteworthy brand development work at BET.

    Before joining BET Networks, Roll? worked at AOL as Vice President and
    General Manger of AOL Black Voices and AOL Women’s and Lifestyle
    Programming. She began her business career at HBO, eventually rising to
    Director of Marketing and New Media for HBO Home Video.

    Roll? earned her MBA from Columbia University Graduate School of

    The Pat Tobin Media Professional Award is named for NABJ member Pat
    Tobin. Tobin, of Los Angeles, passed away in 2008, and was president and
    CEO of Tobin and Associates, a prominent minority, woman-owned public
    relations firm. She was a dedicated activist for causes that impacted
    minorities, women and youth.

    Roll? will be honored this summer at NABJ’s
    37th Annual Convention and Career Fair in New Orleans
    during the
    Salute to Excellence Awards Gala on June 23, 2012. The gala recognizes
    journalism that best covered the black experience or addressed issues
    affecting the worldwide black community during 2011.

    An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is
    the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation, and
    provides career development as well as educational and other support to
    its members worldwide, visit our website at


    Aprill O. Turner, 301-405-2592

    Source: National Association of Black Journalists