Erika Hubbard is a school teacher at KIPP Blytheville Collegiate Prep in Blytheville, AR. She lives in Bartlett, Tennessee with her boyfriend Antwoine McClellan and thier daughter Autumn. Since her childhood, she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.
She goes to the doctor every three months to fill her supplies and for her checkup. When her daughter was born she was born premature because of her diabetes.
“While I was pregnant I felt like a science experiment,” Erika said “I was at the high risk doctor once a month. The next day after the baby shower, surprisingly, my daughter was born.”
Ellen Hubbard is a nurse at St Francis Bartlett. She is also Erika’s mother. Hubbard said Erika’s daughters premature birth is common for women with diabetes.
“Some of the risks for premature birth had something to do with her being an independent diabetic,” Hubbard said. “Other risks for the baby are growth problems, heart defects, and brain development problems.”
Erika still lives in Bartlett with her family and she hasn’t had too many problems with her blood sugar.
The Memphis Association of Black Journalists is a Memphis based organization for young local journalists. Particularly, minority journalists whether experienced or fresh out of school. Some legacy members of the organization include longtime production specialist at WREG-TV Eddie Goss and WREG veteran anchors Alex Coleman and April Thompson who anchor together at 4:00pm.
Montee Lopez is the current president of MABJ. He is a morning show producer at WATN-TV in Memphis. Lopez said the purpose of the organization is to help young or veteran minority journalists network, get though the stressful work week of media, and to serve the Memphis community. MABJ also holds several events to support the organization.
Lopez said that the last fundraiser MABJ had raised about $300 for the scholarship fund. The goal is to give out two $500 scholarships for media based majors.
“We want to support our students and so we have set up this fund for books and supplies,” he said.
MABJ has over 30 members including recurring guest members in the organization.
The organization serves minority journalists throughout the Mid-South including Jackson, TN and parts of Mississippi and Arkansas.
Eddie Goss works from 3:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. every morning. He inspired many people including his coworkers and his employers.
His final day at WREG-TV was June 29th. He was one of few people who worked there earlier than some of his employers.
“I talked though Facebook and I told him thanks for everything,” said MarShon Calvin who previously worked at WREG in 2001.
Ron Walter the president and General Manager of WREG-TV said Eddie was a huge part of the production team.
There was a Facebook page created named Happy Trails Eddie Goss as another tribute.
This past Friday, there was a tribute to Goss at Pancho’s in Memphis.
Goss currently is retired but still freelances for several projects.