Tené Croom is a veteran broadcast journalist and public relations executive – currently President of Tené Croom Communications.
Tené Croom Communications clients have included the Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company, Hiawatha Project theatre company, Black Stuntmen’s Association, and actor Ji-Tu Cumbuka.
She is also a freelance correspondent for EURweb.com, Radio/TV Business Report (RBR.com), National Newspaper Publishing Association (NNPA) newspapers, including The New Pittsburgh Courier.
Tené, co-chair of the Black Press Task Force for the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), has been a moderator/panelist at both their national and regional conventions. In addition, she has served as a panelist at other conferences including the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA), National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) conferences in California and Texas, and the “Summit on Evolving the Image of the African American Male in American Media” held at the University of Pittsburgh.
People living across the pond have heard Tené on BBC London’s Dotun Adebayo Show as well as other BBC radio shows discussing hot-button urban issues happening in the United States. An avid photographer/videographer, she has been a guest on Chicago’s WVON-AM’s “The Perri Small Show” – providing insight on headline making news of the day.
After majoring in English at Knoxville College in her hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee and taking writing courses at the University of Tennessee, Tené began her long career in radio in 1977 at WRKB Radio – then the only black-owned cable TV radio station in the country. She started in broadcast radio in 1978 as a disc jockey and news anchor at WJBE-AM, which was owned and operated by James Brown, the “Godfather of Soul.”
From 1983 until 2011, she worked at American Urban Radio Networks (AURN) – 17 of those years she was Director of News. She left in August 2011 to start her own communications/marketing company.
For all her national and domestic news reporting, Tené has received a number of awards. In 2011, she received the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation (PBMF) “Legacy Award.” The New Pittsburgh Courier in 2010 gave Tené their prestigious “50 Women of Excellence” award in recognition of her excellent work on the job and in the community.
She believes in giving back to the community and serves on the boards of Scoutreach, a division of the Boy Scouts of America Laurel Highlands Council, the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation and the Pittsburgh Branch of the NAACP.
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