Ellen Smith

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Ellen Smith

Rochester, NY Chapter Head

Ellen Smith started the Western, NY NOLB chapter after a friend of Matt Zeller’s sought help for two Afghan interpreters who were resettling in the Syracuse area. In addition to coordinating 20+ volunteers and now over 40 SIV refugees and their families, Ellen also has established a partnership with a therapeutic horseback riding program for Afghan SIV children exhibiting signs of PTSD. Ellen is a credentialed journalist with 37 top journalism awards in her career. She has worked in partnership with National Public radio on a series that garnered the Edward R. Murrow award which she an will receive in October in NYC. She is an associate member of the Associated Press, and frequently called on for her specialized reporting services during mine accidents or disasters, and has appeared on CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox News, NPR, BBC Radio Service, and with other world-wide news organizations. Ellen has been a long-time volunteer, and finds projects that may not fit a typical fund-raising scenario. Friends call her “The One-woman FEMA” as she coordinated relief packages to Hueytown, Ala., and Joplin, Mo., after tornados struck, and supplies to victims of Hurricane Sandy in N.J. Before her reporting career, she served a brief stint as the deputy press secretary for former Congressman James Florio (D-N.J.)., and was a job placement counselor for the N.J. Easter Seal Society.