Janell J. Lewis has been a producer at NBC 7 San Diego since June 2008. She is currently the vice president and former secretary of the SDABJ chapter. Janell is a graduate of Winston-Salem State University, an historically black school in North Carolina, where she received her B.A. in Mass Communications with a minor in Spanish. Janell received her Master’s degree in journalism and public affairs at American University in Washington, D.C.
She began her career in college, writing, producing and reporting on WSNC 90.5, WSS 600/1200 and Ram News/TV. She was also editor-in-chief of WSSU’s newspaper, the News Argus. While at WSSU, Janell had the opportunity to interview Oprah, Maya Angelou and a host of political figures, media moguls and entertainers.
Once she was at American University, she practically lived on Capitol Hill and had the chance to interview then senator, Barack Obama. Janell worked at NBC 4 in Washington, D.C. and even got to work with the late Tim Russert.
Her first job out of graduate school was at WBTV News 3, a CBS affiliate in Charlotte, NC as an associate producer.
Janell is a “Military Brat,” born in Stuttgart, Germany and has lived and several cities from coast to coast. Both of her parents, Tommy and Deborah, were in the military and when her father retired, her family decided to settle down in Charlotte, NC– midway between her father’s home state of Texas and her mother’s home town of Pittsburgh. Janell is an avid Steelers fan and loves sports in general (especially football).
She loves to bowl, play softball and watch movies and reruns of sitcoms and shows like The Cosby Show, Golden Girls and Law & Order.
Khari Johnson is a writer, photographer and multimedia/video producer doing freelance work for individuals,
publications, organizations and businesses in San Diego County.
In the past he has worked for the Tribune Company, Time Inc., Copley Press and others and has reported stories from around the country and world but his beginnings in journalism and encouragement to continue in the industry came in the form of two SDABJ scholarships in 2003 and 2004.
His work can be seen at kharijohnson.com
Nadége M. Dougé has worked at the San Diego County Office of Education as a Communications Assistant since January 2006. She joined SDABJ in 2007, and has served as the organization’s community liaison since 2009, receivin the 2009 SDABJ Member of the Year Award.
Nadége is a graduate of California State University San Bernardino where she received a bachelors in both Mass Communications and Public Relations.
Her passion for the news media and public relations grew immensely during her first job out of undergraduate school when she worked for the Macy’s Corporate Office, then known as Robinsons-May in North Hollywood. While working in the Community Relations/Public Affairs department, Nadége was able to write, pitch, and launch the company brand to the news media and community partners. She also helped coordinate several celebrity perfume meet and greet campaigns and store Grand-Openings.
Nadége has worked in the PR industry for 5 years and as part of the Public Relations team for the County Office of Education Nadege has had the chance to interview a wide variety of educational supporters, from the San Diego Chargers Ladainian Tomlinson to the California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell.
Nadége is fluent in French and currently learning to speak Spanish. In addition to Public Relations, she also has a strong passion for the fashion industry. Often time you can find her looking through various fashion magazines and blogging. She is currently embarking on her own fashion business ventures.
When she isn’t working, you can find Nadége singing with her church choir, running at the beach, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Nicknamed “The Etiquette Lady,” Lifestyle & Etiquette expert Elaine Swann delivers up-to-date advice through
regular appearances as a special correspondent on various television and news programs.
You can explore free tips and etiquette advice at her website elaineswann.com
With a vast knowledge of the etiquette trade and more than a decade of experience, Elaine has used her web site, syndicated column and etiquette-inspired products to educate others. As an author and syndicated columnist, Elaine delivers advice on subjects ranging from table manners to conducting oneself in a business setting. Elaine has appeared on ABC, NBC, KUSI, and Wealth TV and been featured in radio programs and stories in Modern Bride Magazine, the San Diego Reader, Exquisite Weddings magazine, and others.
Elaine is also the host of Oceanside Spectrum which airs Monday through Friday on KOCT channel 18 in Oceanside, CA. A dynamic speaker, Elaine presents workshops and seminars to businesses, schools and various civic organizations.