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NABJ Boots FBI from Job Fair

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NABJ Boots FBI from Job Fair

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NABJ boots FBI from job fair

Guess who's not coming to the job fair.

National Association of Black Journalists officials were embarrassed that an FBI special agent recruitment booth was set up at its annual convention job fair in Kansas City recently.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation recruitment effort came two years after the NABJ booted the CIA from its 1989 convention, and declared that government organizations would be barred from any future job fairs.

However, in Kansas City, the FBI solicited for special agent applicants for two days with no complaints before NABJ president Thomas Morgan III discovered that the agency was recruiting.

"I'm not just shocked and appalled, I'm pissed off," the normally soft-spoken Morgan, a New York Times reporter, said after being notified the FBI was recruiting.

"They should not be here. Quite honestly, this is because we have a brand-new office staff," he added.

Morgan vowed to kick the FBI out immediately, but a bureau spokesman maintained agents were never actually told to leave the fair, which was held during the 16th NABJ convention, July 24-28. …

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