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Amy Robach, Photo Credit: ABC/Ida Mae Astute Washington, D.C.– The National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) is proud to announce that ABC News anchor Amy Robach will host its 19th annual Headlines & Headliners New York Benefit on Thursday, March 20th. ABC News is the presenting sponsor of this year’s benefit.

Headlines & Headliners draws some of the biggest names in the media industry. Special guests last year included NBC News’ Matt Lauer & Savannah Guthrie, CBS News’ Gayle King and HLN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell. More than 300 journalists, news executives, media professionals, educators, students and allies will gather on March 20th for the 19th annual benefit from 6:30-9:30pm at the Prince George Ballroom in New York City.

Headlines & Headliners continues to be one of the premiere media events in New York, and we are incredibly pleased to welcome Amy Robach as our host this year,” said NLGJA President Jen Christensen. “Amy has inspired us not only as a journalist, but also through sharing her brave battle with breast cancer and the importance of early detection. We're honored that she will be part of this important benefit, which strengthens our connections to our members and supporters and helps us work toward fair and accurate coverage of the LGBT community.”

Robach will present NLGJA's ninth Leroy F. Aarons Scholarship and the fourth Kay Longcope Scholarship awards at the benefit. The organization awards two national scholarships a year to undergraduate or graduate students who plan a career in journalism and are committed to further NLGJA's mission of fair & accurate coverage of the LGBT community.

The Leroy F. Aarons Scholarship was established in 2005 in memory of Leroy Aarons, NLGJA founder and news executive at The Washington Post and Oakland Tribune, and to honor and continue his work of fostering fair and accurate coverage of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues from within the news industry.

The Kay Longcope Scholarship was established in 2008 in memory of Boston Globe journalist Kay Longcope, who co-founded theTexas Triangle, a LGBT weekly newspaper that would eventually grow to become the major source for all things gay in Texas, covering the gamut from news to art, relationships to music reviews. This scholarship continues to fund an LGBT student of color pursuing a career in journalism.

For more information or tickets to attend Headlines & Headliners, visit: www.nlgja.org/headlines-headliners.

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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 on the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, visit the NLGJA website at http://www.nlgja.org.