NLGJA Benefit Hosts | Soledad O’Brien & Jane Velez-Mitchell

Hosts for New York Benefit

by Melanie Nathan,  02/03/2012

Washington, D.C. – Today the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) announced that CNN’s Soledad O’Brien and HLN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell will co-host the 17th annual New York Benefit. “Headlines & Headliners” will take place on Thursday, March 29, 2012, from 6:30-9:30pm at the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams store in SoHo. CNN and Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams are the lead sponsors of this year’s benefit.

Headlines & Headliners continues to be one of the premiere media events in New York City every year. We are incredibly pleased to have Soledad O’Brien and Jane Velez-Mitchell to host our New York benefit,” said NLGJA Executive Director, Michael Tune. “The benefit prides itself on building strong connections among our members and supporters who believe in a diverse newsroom and fair & accurate coverage of the LGBT community.”

At the benefit, Soledad O’Brien and Jane Velez-Mitchell will present NLGJA’s seventh Leroy F. Aarons scholarship award. Each year, NLGJA awards a scholarship to an undergraduate or graduate student who plans a career in journalism and is committed to further NLGJA’s mission of fair & accurate coverage of the LGBT community. The scholarship was established in 2005 to honor Aarons, the organization’s founder and a pioneering journalist.

Each year, the event draws more than 300 journalists, media professionals, educators, students and allies. For more information or tickets to “Headlines & Headliners,” 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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