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Rachael Shackelford receives Emmy for work at CNN

Rachael Shackelford recently received a News and Documentary Emmy for her work on the CNN special “Election Night in America.”

Shackelford, who currently works as an associate producer for CNN’s “The Situation Room,” served as producer for the 24-hour news network’s election night special, which received the honor under the category of “Outstanding Live Coverage of a Current News Story (Long Form).”

A Tallahassee native, Shackelford received her bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from FAMU in 2005 and received her master’s in international affairs from Georgia Tech University.

Nkenge Harmon Johnson named Communications Director by Oregon Governor

Nkenge Harmon Johnson has been appointed communications director for Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber.

Previously, she served as deputy assistant U.S. trade representative for public and media affairs and communications director for U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow.

Prior to that she served as director of outreach communications for Senator Harry Reid and the Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee. She also served as legislative counsel and press secretary for U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee.

Harmon Johnson, a Salem, Ore. native, received her bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance from FAMU, her master’s degree from Trinity University-Washington, and her juris doctorate from Howard University.

She is also a small business owner, serving as managing partner at Treetops, LLC and principal and founding partner at Harmon Johnson, LLC.

Shundrawn Thomas Named EVP at Northern Trust

Shundrawn Thomas was named an executive vice president at Northern Trust Corporation.

Northern Trust is a global leader in delivering innovative investment management, asset and fund administration, as well as banking solutions to corporations, institutions and individuals.

Thomas will continue to serve in his capacity as global head of Northern Trust’s Exchange Traded Funds Group. He previously served as president and chief executive of Northern Trust Securities, Inc., a subsidiary of Northern Trust.

Thomas currently serves on the FAMU Foundation Board of Directors. He received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from FAMU in 1995 and his master’s from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in 1999.

In 2011, Thomas was recognized by Black Enterprise as one of the “75 Most Powerful Blacks on Wall Street.” He is also listed as one of Diversity MBA’s “Top 50 Executives Under 50.” He is the author of the groundbreaking book “Ridiculous Faith.”

H.T. Smith honored by Florida International University Law School students

In commemoration of Black History Month, the Florida International Law School’s Black Law Student Lawyers Association (BLSA) voted to rename itself the H.T. Smith Black Law Students Association in honor of FAMU alumnus, trailblazing attorney and FIU professor H.T. Smith.

The renaming pays tribute to Smith’s lifelong contributions to seek fairness and justice. After earning his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from FAMU, Smith went on to serve as an officer for the United States Army, including combat duty in the Vietnam War.

The Miami native then took his career to the legal arena serving as Miami-Dade County’s first African-American assistant public defender, and then as the first African-American assistant county attorney. In the community, Smith previously served as a charter Board member of OUR KIDS of Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties.

Smith was the founding president of the Black Lawyers Association of Dade County, now known as the Wilkie D. Ferguson Jr. Bar Association. He served as president of the Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter of the National Bar Association and as national president of the National Bar Association.

He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the University of Miami, and is chairman of the Board of Directors of the Gwen Cherry Park Foundation.