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Prominent National Journalists Announced for NLGJA's 21st Annual National Convention
“Today” show co-anchor Ann Curry and CNN's Don Lemon to be keynote speakers at National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association convention

Washington, D.C. – Ann Curry, new co-anchor of NBC's “Today” show, and Don Lemon, prime-time weekend anchor for CNN, will be keynote speakers at the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association convention, Aug. 25-28 in Philadelphia, NLGJA Executive Director Michael Tune announced today.

Curry, formerly news anchor for “Today” for 14 years, was named in May as Matt Lauer's co-anchor. She succeeds Meredith Vieira , who chose to leave the morning show after five years to spend more time with her family. Lemon, based in Atlanta, joined CNN in 2006 after stints at Chicago's NBC5 and NBC News in New York. In May, he drew national headlines after coming out to The New York Times prior to the publication of his memoir, “Transparent.”

“We are very pleased that both of these exceptional journalists will be sharing their experiences to help NLGJA work towards fairness, accuracy and diversity in news coverage,” said NLGJA National President David Steinberg.

Founded in 1990, NLGJA is the leading professional organization for LGBT journalists with 17 chapters nationwide, as well as members around the globe. NLGJA will host its 2011 National Convention and 8th Annual LGBT Media Summit at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel Aug. 25-28th, 2011. For more information, visit

About the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association
NLGJA is an organization of journalists, media professionals, educators and students working from within the news industry to foster fair and accurate coverage of LGBT issues. NLGJA opposes all forms of workplace bias and provides professional development to its members. For more information, visit the NLGJA Web site at

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