Remember Parker, Ward With A Donation

NAB, RTDNA and NATAS are accepting online and offline contributions to support the families of the two WDBJ Roanoke, Va., journalists killed in August. Those wishing to contribute to the Alison & Adam Memorial Fund can do so at

Online contributions are now being accepted for a memorial fund supporting the families of two broadcast journalists slain last month during the Roanoke TV shooting. Those wishing to contribute to the Alison & Adam Memorial Fund can do so at Donations to the fund will be accepted until the end of November.

The National Association of Broadcasters, the Radio Television Digital News Association and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences previously announced the creation of the fund on behalf of Alison Parker and Adam Ward. Parker and Ward were employees of WDBJ Roanoke, Va., a CBS affiliate owned by Schurz Communications, when they were tragically killed by a former employee of the station during a live broadcast on Aug. 26.

A portion of the contributions will be distributed to family members of Parker and Ward by the NAB. An additional contribution will go to Vicki Gardner, executive director of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, who was shot during the attack but survived.

Any remaining funds will be directed to the Committee to Protect Journalists, a New York-based organization dedicated to press freedom and protecting the rights of reporters to work without fear of reprisal.

Those wishing to make an offline contribution to the Alison & Adam Memorial Fund can still do so by sending a check made out to:

NAB Alison and Adam Memorial Fund
1771 N Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036


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Wagner Pereira says:

September 9, 2015 at 5:44 pm

While I am not against donations to a good cause, this is rather shady as both killed were single and had no dependents, so it is not as their dependents have a loss of income. I suspect that Schurz Communication most likely covered all funeral associated costs. This seems like a blatant attempt to take advantage of tragedy to raise funds for the Committee to Protect Journalist, instead of taking care of families truly in need. I am honestly rather surprised and dismayed that the NAB, RTDNA and NATAS would be involved with this.

    Kristina Veltri says:

    September 12, 2015 at 12:17 am

    They have families, and Adam had a fiance, along with Mrs. Gardner who need health care, and both of the deceased have debt expenses that need to taken care of in probate. Can you actually read the article and remember that people don’t just exist in some singular void where they only care about themselves? Nothing shady about this at all, and the way we have *TRIT* idiots and reporters getting carjacked, we do need protection for journalists.

    Wagner Pereira says:

    September 12, 2015 at 12:45 am

    You are making a lot of assumptions. Never said they did not have families….said dependents. However, Mother and Father of slain children who are not classified dependents is a ridiculous cause for charity funds. Ditto fiance. Mrs. Gardner was not a Broadcaster. I suspect she will sue Schurz anyway, in which case their insurance would cover it, if found at fault. Will be an interesting case to watch to see if station is assigned any blame. If you want to go collecting for Committee to Protect Journalist, don’t bury it and make it sound like it is supporting victims, who’s picture are being used. It’s just SHADY.

    Kristina Veltri says:

    September 12, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    Sorry to see that you feel so heartless to assume an honest charity effort is not allowed by your decree to support families and significant others and other victims, along with taking care of after-death affairs.

    Wagner Pereira says:

    September 13, 2015 at 3:23 am

    Heartless? lol. You haven’t a clue. Bottom line. The Shooter was fired from WDBJ in part because he was only a “tape recorder” and did not ask the logical questions of a news release. This article is just as guilty. Scammers? Yes, trying to play off this tragedy to raise money for the Committee To Protect Journalist. And simply put, you fell for it. I am not heartless when it comes to Charities. I just make sure the money gets to where I really want it to go.