Leaders of the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists have voted unanimously to elect AFTRA national second VP Roberta Reardon to serve as president.
She’ll complete the remaining three months of the term of John Connolly, who resigned as president earlier this year to take the top exec slot at Actors Equity. Announcement was made Sunday at AFTRA’s national board meeting, held simultaneously via viedoconference in Los Angeles and New York.
“This is a big job that I’m really excited about,” Reardon said. “The entertainment and media industries are experiencing dynamic change that provides tremendous opportunities to organize new work for AFTRA members.”
National first VP Bob Edwards, who had served as acting president following Connolly’s resignation, told the national board that due to work commitments on two radio programs, he was not in a position to meet the time commitments required of the post. Edwards will continue in his position as AFTRA first veep.
Reardon has served two terms as AFTRA New York president from June 2003 to the present. She began her career performing in daytime dramas and has since appeared in hundreds of commercials, as well as doing TV voiceover work, radio commercials, industrial films and narration.
The election for national president will be held at AFTRA’s national convention in Philadelphia in July.