USC Upstate News

Mattingly Appointed Press Secretary For National Bar Association

09- 04- 2009

Spartanburg, S.C. - Gary Mattingly, an instructor of electronic media at University of South Carolina Upstate, recently attended the National Bar Association’s 84th Annual Meeting in San Diego where he was appointed press secretary for incoming NBA President Mavis Thompson. As press secretary, Mattingly is responsible for writing and distributing all media releases to national media outlets, as well as, preparing speeches and talking points for President Thompson. He will be working with a staff of assistants who include Brianna Williams Esq. of Baton Rouge Louisiana and Sadarie Holston Esq. of Washington, D.C. Mattingly previously served as press secretary and deputy press secretary for former NBA President Rodney Moore of Atlanta.

Gary MattinglyOn a local level, Mattingly serves a press secretary for the Donald James Sampson Bar Association, which is the Upstate affiliate of the NBA. The Donald James Sampson Bar Association represents eight Upstate counties.

Before coming to USC Upstate Mattingly spent 29-years in television news before leaving the anchor desk in January 2005. His experience is widespread including stops in Portsmouth and Richmond Virginia, Mobile, Orlando and Gainesville Florida, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Columbia and Spartanburg South Carolina. He received a master’s of art degree in mass communications from the University of Florida, with an emphasis in political communication and is in the process of completing his doctoral studies.

Founded in 1925, the National Bar Association (NBA) is the oldest and largest national association of African American lawyers and judges. Its purpose is to advance the science of jurisprudence; improve the administration of justice; preserve the independence of the judiciary and to uphold the honor and integrity of the legal profession; to promote professional and social intercourse among the members of the American and the international bars; to promote legislation that will improve the economic condition of all American citizens, regardless of race, sex or creed in their efforts to secure a free and untrammeled use of the franchise guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States; and to protect the civil and political rights of the citizens and residents of the United States. For more information, visit

For more information, contact Gary Mattingly, instructor of electronic media at University of South Carolina Upstate, at (864) 503-5874 or