NABJ celebrates FAMU alumni with Excellence in Journalism Awards
NEW ORLEANS – The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) bestowed more than 100 awards at its 42nd Annual Convention from August 9-13 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
NABJ inducted four veteran journalists into its 2017 Hall of Fame on Friday, August 11. The Hall of Fame is NABJ’s highest recognition.
Among the distinguished group were two alumni who have made historic contributions to the journalism field. Garth C. Reeves, publisher emeritus of The Miami Times and a 1940 graduate of Florida A&M University, was among the honorees and celebrated as a NABJ 2017 Hall of Fame Inductee at the association’s national convention. “I feel honored to be honored by NABJ,” he said. “I have admired the organization since it started. Black journalists and the Black Press are up against formidable foes and we have to keep fighting and not give up. It makes you feel good when you are recognized by your peers and being in the business, at 98, I feel good.”
Reeves served for 10 years as president of the Amalgamated Publishers of New York City, which represented more than 100 African-American-owned newspapers throughout the United States. He was also elected to serve two terms as president of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA). “I am so excited about this year’s inductees,” said NABJ Vice President for Print Marlon Walker, also a FAMU alum. “Anyone who came through the FAMU journalism school knows who Garth Reeves is and it is an honor to share this experience with him.”
Leoneda Inge, PBS powerhouse reporter with WUNC North Carolina Public Radio and a 1988 graduate of Florida A&M University, received the association’s Journalist of Distinction Award. “Leoneda Inge is an exceptional journalist who has created insightful, award-winning stories that examine the American experience in all its constructs. She is committed to storytelling that reflects the issues and inspirations in the black community,” NABJ President Sarah Glover said.“Her work is not only credible, but also sensitive and compelling. She brings the audience into the story and engages them with an approach that educates and enlightens.”
Each year, NABJ pays homage to legendary Black journalists, authors, educators and activists who have made outstanding contributions to both their industry and the Black community across the diaspora.
“NABJ is proud to recognize these exemplary journalists,” Glover said.“We will continue to ensure that outstanding journalism that provides perspective on Black life is elevated and that Black journalists are appreciated and praised for their excellent work.
Students and alumni from the FAMU School of Journalism & Graphic Communication were well represented throughout the week. FAMU also hosted a reception to connect students and alumni with networking opportunities and news and information about the University’s achievements.