They opted to keep it simple.
Ken Lemon, president of the National Association of Black Journalists and a reporter at WSOC-TV in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Dr. Kortni Alston, chair of the department of Communications, Art and Design at Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, were planning a big wedding. After all, both of them know many people and they’d been engaged since 2018.
But ultimately, they decided to just do it.
Lemon and Alston eloped over the weekend and married before a small group of about 15 people. The ceremony took place Sunday at The Morehead Inn, a century-plus-year-old property in Charlotte with lodging, fireplaces and a carriage house.
“I’m happy,” Lemon told Black News & Views. “She is quite honestly my favorite NABJ member.”
NABJ Executive Director Drew Berry said he wishes nothing but the best for Lemon and Alston.
“An absolutely beautiful couple with such positive spirits,” Berry said. “We celebrate their outstanding character and hope that God will continue to bless and protect this union for many years to come.”
Alston is a former television reporter in Houston and Philadelphia. Along with serving as department chair at Gardner-Webb, she is host of the Kourting Happiness Podcast that focuses on well being in and outside of the workplace.
Lemon was previously NABJ’s vice president-broadcast and was elected president in August during the annual convention, which took place in Birmingham, Alabama.
The couple met through NABJ and were engaged a year after they began dating.
This apparently is the month for weddings involving Black television news personalities. Last weekend, Kim Gusby, morning news anchor at WSAV in Savannah, Georgia, tied the knot with beau Marcus Tucker.
NABJ is the parent company to BNV. BNV sends out congratulations to all.