Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
Activism, Advocacy and Allyship Toward Equality
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The 2021 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration will be a fully virtual event.
Thursday, January 21, 2021
Keynote Speaker: Yvette Miley
Senior Vice President of DEI, NBCUniversal News Group
Award-winning journalist Yvette M. Miley serves as SVP of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the NBCUniversal News Group and NBC Sports. Her responsibilities include recruiting and retention, training and development, employee engagement, strategic partnerships, and editorial initiatives across all four networks. Since joining MSNBC in July 2009, Miley has held several leadership roles within the news group including SVP for MSNBC and NBC News overseeing weekend, overnight, breaking news and special events programming on MSNBC as well as NBC News’ “Early Today” broadcasts; head of Diversity and Inclusion for NBC News and MSNBC; VP for MSNBC; executive editor of MSNBC Dayside and thegrio.com; and executive-in-charge of the NBC News digital platform NBC OUT, the first LGBTQ news vertical created by a major broadcast media organization.
Miley has worked for NBCUniversal for 27 years. Before joining MSNBC and NBC News, Miley was vice president & news director of the Miami/Fort Lauderdale-based NBC owned and operated television station NBC 6/WTVJ in June 2004. In July 2001, Miley was named vice president and news director of the then-owned NBC station, WVTM-NBC 13 in Birmingham, Ala.
Miley is the recipient of many of the industry’s highest honors. She received three Emmy Awards, including an Emmy for the MSNBC and NBC News coverage of the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage in 2016; ten Edward R. Murrow Awards; a Society of Professional Journalists Award for her role during coverage of the Marathon Bombing in Boston; a DuPont-Columbia University Award; a George Foster Peabody Award for coverage of Hurricane Andrew in 1992; and four Associated Press Awards. Miley’s additional accolades include a Pride Stars Award by Adweek in 2020; Distinguished Alumna Award by the President of the University of Florida in 2018; the National Association of Black Journalists’ Chuck Stone Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017; National Press Club recognition for her work as a mentor in 2016; a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Urban League of Palm Beach County in 2013; and the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce’s 2007 Corporate Executive of the Year. She was also named a Distinguished Graduate from the University of Florida in 1997.
Miley is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, Investigative Reporters and Editors, the National Press Club, the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association and Online News Association. Her board memberships include ColorComm, the Stonewall Community Foundation, the T. Howard Foundation, the Florida A&M School of Journalism and Graphics Board of Visitors and University of Florida’s College of Journalism Dean Advisory Board.
Miley is a native of Riviera Beach, Fla. and a graduate of Suncoast High School and the University of Florida.