Stick with those who stick with you.
William "Bill" Blair, Jr. | Founder, 1921-2014
Debra Blair Abron
Social Media and Digital Content Director
Debra Blair Abron, Owner, of The Elite News, the oldest African American owned and operated newspaper in North Texas. The Elite News Establishment has been serving the Dallas-Fort Worth areas for over 70 years, starting in 1949 with Southwest Sports News, later renamed The Highlight News and currently The Elite News. She began working with the Elite News establishment in 1970. She worked in every area of the paper and was eager to learn as much as she could from her father, Founder and Publisher, the late William Blair, Jr. With much ambition, Mrs. Abron worked hard and became publisher. As publisher, she has committed herself to communicating informative news to the community. Before his death Mrs. Abron worked tirelessly along-side her father to make sure the community was always informed and that the issues important to the community was published in the Elite News.
A major accomplishment in her career was her appointment as Executive Director of the Elite News Religious Hall of Fame, which was established in 1999 in Dallas, Texas. The Elite News Religious Hall of Fame is the only organization of its kind, in the world, honoring ministers that positively influences the quality of life for others in their church and community.
Mrs. Abron has also made it a priority to give back to the community through her volunteer efforts. She has served on several boards to create positive change in her community. Some of the boards she has served on include: The Dallas Public School System, The Dallas Black Dance Theater Board of Directors, Parkland Advisory, Bluitt-Flowers Satellite Clinic, El Centro College Advisory Board and Camp Fire USA local member.
She was also a radio personality at KDFT 540, JOY 910 and KKDA 730, where she used the communication forum to help her community and set new standards in the city for African Americans and others. During her time in radio, she was known by many of her listeners for communicating “Black Facts.” Her motto: “No man is an island” is widely known. Her favorite Bible scripture is Jeremiah 29:11.
Numerous honors and awards have been bestowed upon Mrs. Abron, one of which is being elected to Altrusa International Inc. Election to Altrusa is an evidence of confidence which imposes upon the recipient the obligation to strive to be true to the highest standards of life in her personal and business relations. Throughout her life, Mrs. Abron has been a part of many organizations. Girl Scouts USA, as a Level Brownie, National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and Succeeding in Sisterhood (SIS), to name a few.
A native of Dallas, Texas, Mrs. Abron was a member of St. Paul A.M.E. Church in Dallas, Texas for more than 50 years, where she also served on the Stewardess Board. Currently, she is a member of Color Blind Ministry Church in Como, Texas, where she is an active member and Ambassador for Christ and is a Deaconess, Corresponding Secretary and the Founder and organizer for Women of Wisdom at Color Blind Ministry Church.
Mrs. Abron’s greatest accomplishments is her commitment to her family. She currently lives in Campbell, Texas with her husband Vernon. She is a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.