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Boyce Watkins, Keyonna Summers join site

Staff Report

June 28, 2007, 2:00 p.m. - Redding News Review Publisher Robert "Rob" Redding Jr. today announced that Dr. Boyce Watkins and journalist Keyonna Summers are joining the Web site's staff.

"Redding News Review is the most comprehensive provider of black news on the Web," said Redding, "and having Dr. Boyce Watkins and journalist Keyonna Summers on our staff will only increase the credibility of our growing news organization."

Watkins, a distinguished finance professor at Syracuse University in New York, author and a growing nationally syndicated radio force, will be joining the site as the business editor starting today, Redding said. Summers, who has worked as a journalist inside and outside Washington D.C., also joined the site this month as its entertainment editor.

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Redding said Watkins will be writing a weekly column entitled "The Boyce Watkins Report" and will edit the site's growing "Business News" section added in March.

"Rob Redding is one of the great newsmakers in our country," said Watkins. "His work is solid, thorough and powerful. I chose to join this team because my company associates with winners. Redding News Review is a winning brand."

Watkins is author of "Financial Lovemaking 101: Merging assets with your partner in ways that feel good" and host of the nationally-syndicated radio show "Boiling Hot with Boyce Watkins." He also makes regular appearances in national media, including CNN, FOX, ESPN and Forbes Magazine.

Summers, who also will be writing an entertainment column, is a courts reporter for Florida Today and a former immigration reporter for The Washington Times.

"I am honored to be a part of Redding News Review, which provides an outlet for my interest in entertainment," Summers said.

Redding said he will continue in the role of publisher of the site, as well as editor over the "News Flash", "Black News" and "Media News" sections of the site. Bruno Gaston, who runs Africa Media Central, will continue as the international editor of the site.

"We look to fill the role of sports editor soon," Redding said.

Redding News Review, which is operated by Redding Communications, Inc., RCI, is a leading black news Web portal with more than half a million readers a year.

Founded March 2002, Redding News Review's editorial philosophy has been to expose the partisan political nature of government - while bringing attention to black issues ignored or buried by mainstream media - with up-to-the-minute credible, competitive and consistent coverage.

The site, which features links to both mainstream and black publications, has been credited for influencing news coverage by Editor & Publisher, Upscale magazine, Rolling Out, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Baltimore Sun and the Washington Times newspapers. Its content is also heard weekly on XM Satellite Radio and has been seen on the Fox News Channel.

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