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FAMU Alumna Named National Press Secretary for the Democratic National Committee

August 2, 2011

– Melanie Roussell, a 2001 graduate of the Florida A&M University’s (FAMU) School of Journalism and Graphic Communication (SJGC), has been named the National Press Secretary for the Democratic National Committee (DNC) for the upcoming presidential election cycle.

The honors graduate begins her new assignment this week.  In addition to serving as chief spokesperson, she will help direct the rapid response unit for the committee.

“We are so proud Melanie has been entrusted with this responsibility,” said James Hawkins, dean of SJGC.  “Melanie is an exceptionally talented person.  It’s no surprise that her talents have earned the attention of the DNC.

Roussell was the committee’s Southern Regional Communications Director for Obama of America in 2008.

A native of New Orleans, La., Roussell received her M.A. in public communication from American University. 

Last year, Roussell was a recipient of the FAMU Young Alumni Award for her significant career achievements.

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