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NABJ Mourns the Passing of ESPN Anchor Stuart Scott

NABJ is saddened to learn of the passing of Stuart Scott, a pioneering journalist and popular anchor of ESPN’s SportsCenter.

Scott, 49, died Sunday morning after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Scott was not only one of the most visible sports TV personalities of his generation but he was credited with assisting countless young journalists in crafting their careers and with changing the way sports broadcasting was done.

Scott was considered the king of the catchphrase, as he generously sprinkled pop culture and hip-hop references in his broadcasts. “Boo-Yah” probably was his trademark catchphrase and he used it often to accentuate particularly outstanding or outrageous plays.

“It pained me to learn that my mentor and role model - and the greatest sportscaster ever, Stuart Scott - has passed,” said veteran NBA writer Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports, who’s also chairman of NABJ’s Sports Task Force. “He was a very humble man who was a trendsetter and mentor for blacks in sports journalism and all aspiring journalists. He was respected widely; a legend. Rest in peace, my friend.”


The NABJ Sports Task Force honored Scott earlier this year at its National Convention in Boston. 


ESPN coverage of the tribute can be found here.

“This is an extraordinary loss for our entire profession,” said NABJ President Bob Butler. “Very rarely does someone come along who moves the bar for the entire profession. On behalf of all our members, I extend our greatest condolences to his friends and family.”

According to ESPN, Stuart was born in Chicago, but he, along with two sisters and a brother, spent their early years in North Carolina, where their father was a postal inspector.

Scott attended R.J. Reynolds High in Winston-Salem and then the University of North Carolina, where he played wide receiver and defensive back on the club football team, the network reported. He also joined Alpha Phi Alpha at UNC and worked at the student radio station, WXYC, according to ESPN.  More here.


NABJ and NAHJ Announce 2016 Joint Convention 
to be Held in Washington, D.C

NABJ and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) announced plans to host a joint convention in 2016 in Washington, D.C.

NABJ President Bob Butler and NAHJ President Mekahlo Medina said they are proud to bring both organizations to our nation's capital. The two organizations have worked together since this summer, after immediate past NAHJ President Hugo Balta and Butler officially announced the partnership. The joint convention will be held at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Aug. 3-7.

The convention will feature comprehensive journalism training, specialty programming, national newsmakers and the largest journalism career fair in the country.

"I am happy about the strategic alliance that we have formed with our partner, NAHJ, and we are excited that a dynamic city such as Washington will serve as our host," Butler said. "A joint 2016 convention increases our numbers, and our impact in an election year, and the presidential election will be high on our priority list."

Butler added, "I made it clear to Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus during his appearance at NABJ in Boston and the Democratic National Committee that we would like their respective parties' nominees to address our members and answer questions at our convention in 2016."

"NAHJ is privileged to be part of what will be a monumental moment in 2016," Medina said.

"Two of the country's largest journalism organizations representing two of the country's largest groups of color - it will be a must-attend convention for everyone.

"We are proud to partner with such a dynamic and historic journalism organization," Medina added. "NAHJ and NABJ started the idea of bringing journalists of color together 20 years ago and we are happy to be back with them celebrating and advocating for journalists of color everywhere."

 Medina went on to say that a joint national conference builds on the local partnerships NAHJ and NABJ have had over the past three years.

"Both our local D.C. chapters are strong and have successful experiences working together to bring members programming and development," Medina said.  More here. 



Member Spotlight: 

NABJ Congratulates Member Byron Pitts On Promotion At ABC News


NABJ congratulates lifetime member Byron Pitts on his promotion to co-anchor of Nightline, ABC News’ late-night news program.

In the thirty years since he began his journalism career he has anchored and reported for stations in Greenville, North Carolina, Portsmouth, Virginia, Orlando, 


Florida, Tampa, Florida, Boston, Massachusetts, and Atlanta, Georgia, before becoming a network correspondent.

Byron Pitts is a talented reporter who has covered many of the big stories of the last 17 years. His reporting is honest, thoughtful, and compelling,” said NABJ President Bob Butler. “I know Byron has always wanted an opportunity to anchor the network news so I am thrilled for him. He is engaging on-screen, diligent off-screen and his storytelling gives you characters, events, facts, and when needed, a level of emotion, which says here is why this story matters and why you should care.”

 Pitts joined ABC News as an anchor and chief national correspondent in 2013.

 In that time he has reported on a wide range of stories for all ABC News shows and platforms most notably the death of Nelson Mandela, the aftermath of the shooting death of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, profiled the self-proclaimed leader of the Satanic church, along with reporting a number of political stories and of course breaking news.


Prior to joining ABC, Pitts spent 16 years at CBS News where by the end he was a contributing correspondent to the flagship newsmagazine 60 Minutes and that network’s chief national correspondent.

A committed member of NABJ, Pitts was awarded one of the association’s highest honors when he was named "Journalist of the Year” in 2002. More here.






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