New York: Now in its 5th year, Indo American Press Club (IAPC) inaugurated its 2018 Executive Committee at the Indian Consulate in New York on April 19. Well-known TV journalist as well as social and political activist Renee Mehrra is the incoming President. The oath of office was administered by Ginsmon Zacharia, who founded IAPC and served as chairman till last year. Among other activities, the new team will organize the annual International Media Conference in Atlanta this October.
In his inaugural address, Consul General Sandeep Chakravorty encouraged IAPC and its new team in their mission. He specially congratulated the club on selecting a woman to lead it. He said that government officials and diplomats like him depend on the media to get their message across.
Renee Mehraa, in her acceptance speech, said, “Media has a responsibility to lead society and culture in a positive way and we are fortunate to do work that makes a tangible difference in the lives of our vibrant community.” She promised to take IAPC to a new level with the help of her executive committee and her friends in the social-political sphere. She also would like to see more women of color in US media for a more inclusive democracy.
As TV anchor Renee has been associated with ITV for many years. As community activist, she is a former NYC Commissioner for Human Rights and is Adviser, Women’s Cabinet, NYC Mayor’s Office of Minority Affairs.
Many officials and Indian community leaders were at hand to congratulate Renee, whom they have known for many years. Among them was NYS Assemblyman David Weprin, Dr Neeta Jain (Democratic District leader from 25th Assembly District), Shiv Dass and Darshan Singh Bagga. Malini Shah, community liaison for NYC Councilman Paul Vallone gave a citation to Renee as did a representative from NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer’s office. Governor Andrew Cuomo and Congressman Joseph Crowley sent congratulatory messages. 4-year-old Merryn Augustine gave a Bharatanatyam performance. Vote of thanks was given by Anil Mathew, IAPC General Secretary. Roopsi Narula of TV Asia and IAPC Vice President ably conducted the event as MC.