TRACI LESTER NAMED ON THEGRIO'S 100 LIST FOR 2012
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|Reach Out and Read of Greater New York Executive Director, Traci Lester
NEW YORK, NY-- January 31, 2012-- TheGrio.com announced today its third-annual TheGrio's 100 List, honoring Traci Lester, Executive Director of Reach Out and Read of Greater New York. This exclusive list honors Black History Month by highlighting the next generation of African-American history makers and industry leaders who have the potential to make a difference in the lives of all Americans.
Lester joins 99 other individuals from across 10 professional fields, including business, education, sports, science and the environment, media, service and activism, politics, health, pop culture and the arts. TheGrio recognized her efforts in improving early literacy for low-income children in the New York metropolitan area.
"TheGrio's 100" was officially unveiled by theGrio Executive Editor David A. Wilson earlier today. Individuals from "TheGrio's 100" will continue to be profiled on all platforms of NBC News including "NBC Nightly News," "Today," MSNBC, CNBC, and msnbc.com through the end of February.
"This year's list celebrates 100 honorees that possess a unique set of characteristics that separate them from the rest," said Wilson. "TheGrio's 100 gives us the opportunity to shine a spotlight on individuals that are making a difference today, with the potential to make history in the future."
Visit www.thegrio.com/black-history to learn more about Traci Lester and all other individuals on theGrio's 100 list.
TheGrio.com, a division of NBC News, is a daily online news and opinion platform devoted to delivering stories and perspectives that reflect and affect African-American audiences. The video-centric interactive community is populated with both aggregated and original content on topics ranging from breaking news and politics to health, business, and entertainment.
About Reach Out and Read of Greater New York
Reach Out and Read of Greater New York prepares children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together. An affiliate of the national Reach Out and Read, Inc., Reach Out and Read of Greater New York distributes books to over a quarter of a million children annually at more than 180 clinical locations throughout New York City, Long Island, and Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Dutchess, Orange, Sullivan and Ulster Counties. For more information, visit our website: www.reachoutandreadnyc.org.