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On Saturday, December 4, 2021, during its virtual awards ceremony, the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) will induct 8 new members into its Hall of Fame and award 14 Special Honors to Black journalists and communicators from around the world.
The virtual awards ceremony, which will feature special guests, entertainment and interactive features, will stream free on the evening of December 4 at 7:30 p.m. ET. The event link will be announced in the coming weeks. The awards ceremony will also highlight winners of NABJ’s Salute to Excellence Awards, which recognizes journalism and communications work that best cover the Black experience or address issues affecting the worldwide Black community. Salute to Excellence nominees will be announced later this month.
NABJ will also honor Black journalists and communicators we’ve lost over the last year with a special In Memoriam tribute.
“Every year, NABJ pays homage to legendary Black journalists and media professionals who have made outstanding contributions to our industry,” said Dorothy Tucker, NABJ President. “We are honored to recognize the distinguished work of this year’s Hall of Fame class and the impact of the individuals and groups receiving our Special Honors awards. We also look forward to celebrating our 2021 Salute to Excellence finalists and winners.”
This year’s Hall of Fame inductees are:
- A.J. Smitherman, Tulsa Star (posthumously)
- Claire Smith, Temple University /MLB Writer
- Cornelius “Neil” Foote Jr., Foote Communications, LLC/ University of North Texas
- Kirk McKoy, Kirk McKoy Photography, Formerly L.A. Times
- Monica Roberts, TransGriot (posthumously)
- Rochelle Riley, City of Detroit/Author
- Rodney A. Brooks, U.S. News & World Report/Author
- Roland S. Martin, #RolandMartinUnfiltered/Black Star Network
This year’s Special Honors recipients are:
- Libor Jany (Star Tribune) – Journalist of the Year Award
- Malika Andrews (ESPN) – Michael J. Feeney Emerging Journalist of the Year Award
- Art Norman (NBC Chicago) – Chuck Stone Lifetime Achievement Award
- Jenise Griffin (Florida Courier/Daytona Times) – Journalist of Distinction Award
- Janis Ware (The Atlanta Voice) – Legacy Award
- Sonceria Messiah Jiles (Houston Defender) – Ida B. Wells Award
- Anas Aremeyaw Anas (Insight TWI) – Percy Qoboza Foreign Journalist of the Year Award
- Dr. Sherri Williams (American University) – Journalism Educator of the Year Award
- Aprill O. Turner (Higher Heights for America) – Patricia L. Tobin Media Professional Award
- Tenisha Taylor (Ezekiel Taylor Scholarship Foundation) – Angelo B. Henderson Community Service Award
- Giulia Heyward (Hussman School of Journalism and Media) – Student Journalist of the Year Award
- The Dallas Morning News – Best Practices Award
- Pittsburgh Black Media Federation, Baltimore Association of Black Journalists, and Memphis Association of Black Journalists – Finalists for the NABJ Professional Chapter of the Year Award
- Howard University Association of Black Journalists and University of North Texas Association of Black Journalists – Finalists for the NABJ Student Chapter of the Year Award
The winners of the NABJ Chapters of the Year Awards will be announced during the December 4 ceremony. During the ceremony, NABJ will also announce the recipient of the Thumbs Down Award. Thumbs Down is presented annually to an individual or organization for especially insensitive, racist or stereotypical reporting, commentary, photography, or cartoons about the Black community or for engaging in practices at odds with the goals of NABJ.
The 2021 NABJ Awards is presented by FedEx and sponsored by Caesars Entertainment. Follow the hashtag #NABJAwards to stay updated on event information or visit NABJOnline.org.
Media Contact: Press@NABJ.org