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NBCU Academy Presents: How Journalists Can Avoid Burnout
During this webinar we will hear NBCU News Group journalists reflect on covering traumatic stories and share how they cope. Also, health professionals will describe what workplace burnout is, how it can affect your personal life and provide tips on how journalists can manage while working in a profession that has high exposure to distressing events. Equipped with a new perspective, journalists will learn that acknowledging trauma is essential to overcoming burnout and to eventually maintain a healthy relationship with work and within their personal lives.


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Ron Allen (Moderator)
Correspondent @NBC News
Ron Allen is an NBC News correspondent based in New York. His reports from across the country and around the world appear on every NBC News platform. Ron’s work has earned many journalism honors, including numerous Overseas Press Club Awards, Emmys, Robert F. Kennedy Awards, George Foster Peabody Awards, Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Awards, and National Association of Black Journalists Awards.
Antonia Hylton (Panelist)
Correspondent @NBC News
Antonia Hylton is an NBC News Correspondent. She is an Emmy award-winning journalist reporting at the intersection of politics, civil rights, and immigration. From 2016 to 2020, Antonia worked for Vice Media and HBO’s nightly news and documentary show, Vice News Tonight, and launched a podcast with Spotify focused on the 2020 Iowa Democratic caucus. Prior to that, Antonia worked at Mic, where she produced two digital series. In the spring of 2015, Antonia made news when she pressed Vice President Joe Biden during the divisive 2016 Democratic primary between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.
Blayne Alexander (Panelist)
Correspondent @NBC News
Blayne Alexander is a correspondent for NBC News, where she reports for all platforms including NBC Nightly News, TODAY and MSNBC. She has led the network’s coverage of the biggest stories in recent history, including the COVID-19 pandemic, Georgia politics and the nationwide protests around racial injustice. A four-time Emmy Award nominee, Blayne previously spent six years at WXIA in Atlanta. She began her reporting career at WRDW-TV in Augusta. Blayne is a graduate of Duke University and member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and National Association of Black Journalists. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and their daughter, Sage.
Dr. Brenda Wall (Panelist)
Grant Director @Reclaiming Mental Health
Dr. Brenda Wall has served as a leader in the Dallas/Fort Worth mental health community for more than three decades. Dr. Wall has served as vice president at two HBCU’s; has twice been department chair in psychology; and has been a staff pastor in counseling. With degrees from Vassar College, Boston University and George Washington University, she has consistently worked among the people in their churches, jails, schools, hospitals and online. Dr. Wall, currently serves as Grant Director of Reclaiming Mental Health at Friendship West Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas and Counselor at The Lovett School in Atlanta, Georgia.
Dr. George James (Panelist)
CEO @George Talks
Dr. George James is the CEO of George Talks, a communication and consulting company. He is a licensed marriage & family therapist, executive coach, corporate & media consultant, relationship & parenting expert, and mental health ambassador. Dr. James is an expert guest on various programs including TODAY, CBS Mornings, CNBC, Nickelodeon, NBC News Now, Good Day LA, Good Day Philadelphia, and many others. He is the host of the LEAPCAST podcast. He works extensively with professional athletes, entertainers, adult men & women, executives, couples on various issues, including career, anxiety, work-life balance, love life, leadership, parenting, depression & communication.