Nashville Chapter of NABJ

Secretary Kenisha Rhone

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Kenisha L. Rhone enters her ninth year as Media Relations Director for Women’s Sports at Belmont University.

In that capacity, Rhone serves as the primary media contacts and sports information director for women’s soccer, women’s basketball and men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field. She also oversees the athletic department’s social media and Web 2.0 endeavors.

Rhone is a member of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), where she has been a member of a national committee for four years, Black College and Black Sports Information Directors of America (BC-SIDA), where she has served as national secretary for the last two years, Female Athletic Media Relations Executives (FAME), the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and NABJ-Nashville, where she has held an executive board position for two years.

Heavily involved in community service throughout the Nashville community, she is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., serves on the steering committee for the Greater Nashville Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and volunteers frequently to speak to various youth groups including the Girls Scouts of Greater Nashville.

Rhone has served on numerous committees since arriving at Belmont including the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Planning Committee and the Staff Affairs Council. She has also served as on-campus advisor for the Black Student Association, and undergraduate chapters of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (Tau Nu) and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc (Gamma Alpha Eta).

Prior to Belmont, Rhone was an Athletic Communications Assistant at the University of Pennsylvania for two years, overseeing 15 athletic teams and assisting with the Penn Relays, before coming to Nashville in 2004 to serve as Sports Information Coordinator at Tennessee State University.

The St. Louis, Mo., native began her career in sports through internships with the St. Louis Sports Commission and the St. Louis Gateway Classic before working with the media relations department of the NFL St. Louis Rams during their successful Super Bowl XXXIV run in 1999-2000.

A graduate of Indiana University-Bloomington, Rhone lives in Nashville.