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News Junkies Inc.

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Cherie Bell, founder and executive director of News Junkies Inc., is a former award-winning journalist.  Her career included several Texas dailies and culminated at The Dallas Morning News.  She has won two Texas Associated Press Managing Editors Awards in feature series in print and broadcast journalism and a Texas Headliners Award for governmental affairs reporting.  Her second career is music teacher and choir director in the Dallas public schools.  She is certified to teach music and journalism, both lifelong passions.  She started News Junkies Inc. as an educational nonprofit in 2018.


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News Junkies Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) public charity approved and recognized by the IRS.  All donations are tax deductible.  Click on this site’s Donation page to link with PayPal for an easy electronic contribution.  Or search PayPal for News Junkies Inc. to contribute directly.

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News Junkies Inc. is an official nonprofit authorized by the State of Texas and the IRS with 501 (c) (3) status as a tax deductible public charity.  Board members are Cherie Bell, Michael Tate & Preston Richards. Want to join the Board?  Email  News Junkies Inc. does not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, age or religion. 

Michael Tate, board member and treasurer of News Junkies Inc., is a native Dallasite, a graduate of Hillcrest High School and the University of North Texas.  He received Master's degrees in U.S. History and Journalism.  He worked as a staff writer for The Dallas Morning News suburban operations as an education and general assignments reporter from 1999 to 2002.  Since then, he has taught journalism, mass communication and English at Dallas metroplex high schools and community colleges as well as freelance writing and music reviews for local publications.  He is currently an adjunct professor of U.S. History at Richland College.  Email is:

Preston Richards, board member and secretary of News Junkies Inc., is a local historian of Dallas, Texas, history.  He is a columnist and author about the city and surrounding communities.  He also is a Texas preservationist and researcher.  He is a popular JFK tour guide and also conducts expanded tours of Dallas and Fort Worth history and present-day attractions.  His email is

About News Junkies Inc.

News Junkies Inc. is an educational journalism nonprofit founded by Cherie Bell.

News Junkies Inc. advocates for journalism and journalists by:

  • Educational Workshops
    We teach high school students the importance of journalism to American democracy.  Topics include: journalism in American history, news versus opinion, substantiating news & discerning fabricated and biased online reports.
  • Online news monitoring
    Our website features a weekly News Digest of articles from various media representing journalistic reports.
  • Research articles
    Our website features articles & interviews by the executive director as well as journalists, academic instructors & media experts who explore the present state, history & future of journalism & media as relevant to democratic governance.


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