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NABJ Honors CNN’s Michaela Pereira with 2014 Angelo B. Henderson Community Service Award



NABJ today announced the selection of CNN Anchor Michaela Pereira as the recipient of the 2014 Angelo B. Henderson Community Service Award.

The award recognizes a journalist who has had a positive impact on the community outside the normal realm of journalism and was named for the late 

 

 

Angelo Henderson, who as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal won a Pulitzer Prize and later became a minister, community activist and radio talk show host.

"Each and every morning viewers of CNN are able to see in Michaela Pereira a compassionate journalist who understands that journalists have a responsibility to be involved in the community," said NABJ President Bob Butler. "While in Los Angeles Michaela gave voice to people who needed a voice, and told stories that needed to be told. She also serves as a role model, a source of inspiration, or a listening ear.  She uses her platform, her power and her personality to communicate a clear message, a very real truth that our shared 

experiences as people really do bind us together."

Spurred in part by her upbringing as one of five adopted children, Pereira has a special place in her heart for children.

She has served as chairwoman of the board of LA's BEST Friends, an after school education, enrichment, and recreation program, as a member of the board of directors for the Long Beach Boys and Girls Club, as an advisory board member for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), supporting children in foster care, and as an honorary advisory board member for Optimist Youth Home, which provides services for troubled youth. 
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 NABJ Congratulates Member Dean Baquet on Being Named Executive Editor of The New York Times 



NABJ congratulates member Dean Baquet on being named Executive Editor ofThe New York Times, effective Wednesday.

Baquet replaces Jill Abramson, who was the first woman to hold the role.

 

 

“We are thrilled to hear this news and celebrate with Dean in the major career achievement, “said NABJ President Bob Butler. “We appreciate our long-term partnership withThe Times, and their commitment to diversity in the newsroom, something that leads to better coverage of an increasingly diverse audience. We look forward to seeing results of perspectives Dean will bring to this position. We are proud of his work and his commitment to excellence.”

Baquet, 57, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and a former editor ofthe Los Angeles Times, becomes the first African American executive editor atThe New York Times. Baquet was awarded the organization’s top honor, ‘Journalist of the Year’, in 2007.


“It is an honor to be asked to lead the only newsroom in the country that is actually better than it was a generation ago,” Baquet said on Wednesday, “one that approaches the world with wonder and ambition every day.”

NABJ Vice President-Print Errin Whack also praised his appointment as the first African-American editor to lead The New York Times. Whack previously worked under Baquet while he was managing editor in Los Angeles.

"The appointment of Dean Baquet as executive editor ofThe New York Timesshould be cause for celebration for the entire journalism community, as his credentials have more than qualified him to lead what many regard as the gold standard of American newspapers. More here.


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Stephen Henderson Named NABJ 2014 Journalist of the Year



NABJ announced that Stephen Henderson, editorial page editor at the Detroit Free Press has been selected as the association’s 2014 Journalist of the Year.       

Henderson, a veteran print journalist, was recently honored with the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for commentary. 

 

His award citation noted that Henderson had earned the award “for his columns on the financial crisis facing his hometown, written with passion and a stirring sense of place, sparing no one in their critique.”

In addition to writing about the city of Detroit, he also penned columns about Michigan state politics, national politics and other domestic policy matters. 

In 2013, Henderson focused at length on Detroit’s efforts to overcome financial turmoil and to rebuild itself as one of America’s greatest cities. Henderson, however, did not solely focus his writing on local issues but he also took up writing about issues with 

 

 

 

national implications such as health care, the government shutdown and educational inequality.

“Stephen Henderson’s career has been one marked by incisive, detailed reporting about politics, policy and urban affairs,” NABJ President Bob Butler said. “As an editorial writer and columnist, Stephen has a unique voice which helps punctuate his arguments and compels readers to seriously reflect on the issues facing them locally, nationally and globally, often motivating them to seek solutions to the problems discussed.”

Henderson will be honored with others at the association's Salute to Excellence Gala on August 2, 2014, during NABJ's 39th Annual Convention and Career Fair in Boston. More here.

 

 

 

 

 

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