Former news exec, 35, chosen as next leader of NAACP

The NAACP chose 35-year-old activist and former news executive Ben Jealous as its president Saturday, making him the youngest leader in the 99-year history of the nation's largest civil rights organization. The 64-member board of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People met for eight hours before selecting Jealous in the early morning Saturday. He was formally introduced later Saturday and will take over as president in September. Though he is not a politician, minister or civil rights icon, Jealous provides the organization with a young but connected chief familiar with black leadership and social justice issues. He takes the helm as the NAACP's 17th president just months before the organization's centennial anniversary.