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Founding President and CEO, National Black
Programming Consortium (1948-2022)

Mable Haddock was the founding president and first CEO of the National Black Programming Consortium (rebranded in 2018 as Black Public Media). For more than 20 years, her hands-on leadership style was the driving force behind NBPC initiatives. Her keen business sense and strong artistic vision transformed the organization into one of the leading and most trusted sources of funding and inspiration for countless African American and African filmmakers. During Mable’s tenure, more than $6 million in NBPC funds were dispersed to independent filmmakers. She and those storytellers spearheaded the ongoing movement to transform the media landscape into one that is more diverse, inclusive and equitable.
Mable (front right) with the NBPC team (circa 2008) including her successors, Jacquie Jones (standing center right) and Leslie Fields-Cruz (standing far right).
Mable’s career highlights include writing for Dialogue magazine; co-producing The Fannie Lou Hamer Story, andela (winner of the Blue Ribbon Women in Communications Award), The State of Black America (1984 and 1985), and Black America: Facing the Millennium (1997); and serving as a media panelist for the Ohio Arts Council, Pennsylvania Council for the Arts, the Jerome Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). She also served as the founding director of the Firelight Media Documentary Lab A graduate of Mercy College, Mable held a certificate of public broadcast management from the Wharton School of Business, was a recipient of Columbia University’s Revson Fellowship, and has received numerous film, television and media industry awards during her more than 30 years of public media service. Throughout her life, she remained dedicated to facilitating the emergence of the next generation of multicultural media professionals as well as supporting the ongoing contributions of veteran artists. Mable transitioned to her next adventure on Sat., July 23, following a long fight with kidney disease. The board and staff of Black Public Media are proud to have had her as our visionary leader, colleague and friend. We miss her deeply. Details about memorial arrangements to celebrate her life will be announced in spring 2023.
(L-R) Dr. Joe Brewster, Mable Haddock, and Michele Stephenson
Kay Shaw, Byron Hurt, Mabel, Stanley Nelson, and Michelle Halsell