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Emmy-Winning Journalist Named to National Kidney Foundation Board

7/25/2014, 12:37 p.m.
Jummy Olabanji of Washington, D.C., has been named to the National Kidney Foundation board of directors.
African Americans tend to have higher rates of early death from related high blood pressure problems, such as coronary heart disease, stroke, and kidney failure./ Courtesy Photo

Jummy Olabanji of Washington, D.C., has been named to the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) Board of Directors.

Olabanji is the morning/noon anchor and reporter for WJLA-TV, the ABC News affiliate in D.C. She received her bachelor’s degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and her master’s degree in Communication and Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University.

“I am extremely excited for this honor and ready to work. Each year kidney disease kills more people than breast and prostate cancer combined, and yet the kidneys aren’t on many people’s radar until they learn that theirs aren’t working properly,” Olabanji said. "I am committed to working with the National Kidney Foundation to change that. Some of my family members and I have a genetic kidney disease and I am passionate about bringing the fight against kidney disease to the media forefront.”

Olabanji is dedicated to working with the NKF to educate the public about kidney disease and its leading causes – diabetes and high blood pressure – and to support the Foundation’s many initiatives designed to confront the growing public health challenge of kidney disease.

“Ms. Olabanji has been actively involved with the NKF Serving the National Capital Area for more than three years, serving on the local Board of Directors and volunteering at area kidney disease screenings, health fairs, Kidney Walks, golf tournaments, and hosting large fundraising events on behalf of the organization,” says Bruce Skyer, CEO of the National Kidney Foundation. “As a prominent journalist with a personal connection to kidney disease, she is the perfect ambassador to help the NKF raise awareness of the kidney and kidney disease, and to carry out the NKF’s national goals and objectives.”

The National Kidney Foundation is the leading organization in the U.S. dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease for hundreds of thousands of healthcare professionals, millions of patients and their families and tens of millions of Americans at risk. For more information, visit www.kidney.org.