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NBC Nightly News Anchor Lester Holt Named 2016 NABJ Journalist of the Year


Lester Holt, anchor of ‘NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt,’ has been selected as the 2016 Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists.

The annual award recognizes a black journalist who has distinguished himself or herself with a body of work that has extraordinary depth, scope and significance to people in the African Diaspora.

“Lester Holt is a dynamic broadcaster who is diligent in his pursuit of the facts and demonstrates a stellar work ethic that shows up in his reporting, which also provides context and superior coverage for television and digital audiences,” NABJ President Sarah Glover said. “His quiet confidence and low-key demeanor have garnered trust and admiration from both the viewers who watch him every night and from journalists across the country.”


As anchor, Holt has traveled across the world anchoring and reporting. He anchored from Paris following the Charlie Hebdo massacre on January 7, 2015, that killed 12 and was on site after a series of terrorist attacks on November 13, 2015, that killed 135. Following the attacks in France, he conducted an exclusive interview with one of the commanders of the SWAT team that took down the terrorists inside Paris’ Bataclan Theater.

Last spring, Holt traveled to Baltimore, Maryland, to give viewers a close look at the protests sparked by the death of Freddie Gray on April 19, 2015. He was in New Orleans as the country commemorated the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. He reported for “The Today Show” and anchored nightly from Havana as President Barack Obama made his historic trip to Cuba. He has also led NBC’s political coverage by interviewing candidates, leading Super Tuesday primary coverage and moderating the NBC News and YouTube Democratic debate.

"I had the honor of working with Lester for 14 years at WBBM in Chicago, where he was the main anchor,” said Dorothy Tucker, NABJ Vice President of Broadcast.  “His commitment to excellence, his passion for news, his dedication to the community contributed to his success in Chicago. Plus, he's genuinely a nice guy."

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 NABJ Congratulates 2016 Pulitzer Prize Winners

 Alexander, Lowery, and Stockman Recognized with Journalism's Most Prestigious Award


NABJ congratulates members Keith Alexander, Wesley Lowery, and Farah Stockman for winning the Pulitzer Prize, journalism’s most prestigious award.

The Washington Post staff took the award for National Reporting, for creating and using a national database to illustrate how often and why the police shoot to kill and who the victims are most likely to be. Alexander and Lowery were both part of the team coverage.

Spurred by Lowery’s proposal, the project grew into one of the largest in the newsroom’s history, said Cameron Barr, The Post’s managing editor for news. It eventually involved some 70 journalists from the paper’s national, investigative, metro, video, photo and graphics departments.


The Washington Post staff coverage can be found here. 

Former Boston Globe opinion writer Farah Stockman won a Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for a Boston Globe opinion series examining race and education in Boston after busing. Her work can be found here. 

Stockman is now a reporter at the New York Times.

“NABJ applauds Keith, Wesley and Farah for their meritorious journalism in 2015. They are three excellent journalists most worthy of this high honor,” NABJ President Sarah Glover said. “The Post’s 


project on why police officers shoot to kill and Stockman’s columns on Boston’s legacy of busing embody the kind of comprehensive and vital coverage that newsrooms should be striving for. NABJ also congratulates all of the 2016 winners.”

This year marks the 100th year of the contest. The prizes were announced Monday afternoon at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Established by newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer, the prizes were first given out in 1917. Public service award winners receive a gold medal; the other awards carry a prize of $10,000 each.

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  #NABJNAHJ16 Announces Participants for the 2016 Student Multimedia Project

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) are pleased to announce the student members who will participate in the Student Multimedia Project during the 2016 Convention and Career Fair in Washington, DC.

Annually, NABJ and NAHJ offers an all-expenses-paid fellowship to outstanding college students to cover its convention and local stories in the host city. This year's program will take place Aug. 1-6, at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.

The Student Multimedia Project offers our student members the opportunity to receive on-the-job training from our dedicated professional journalists. I’m a proud “NABJ Baby” from the 1995 student projects and am happy to see this crop of students get a first-class training opportunity at #NABJNAHJ16," said NABJ President Sarah Glover. "The program gives both NABJ and NAHJ students an opportunity to showcase their talents to the membership and help further their journalistic skills."

“As a former student projects participant and mentor, I know firsthand the value of the great project and I’m happy we are continuing to develop the next generation of Latino journalists,” said Mekahlo Medina, NAHJ President.

The students produce both breaking news and long-form multimedia stories, which are featured in the convention's daily newspaper (print and online), and on a daily newscast. Additionally, the students promote special events, programming, and sponsor-related information on the organization's social media platforms.

"This program is the essence of NABJ's history and shows the organization's commitment to providing tools and resources to better equip our student members for the ever-changing media industry," said SEED Chairman Delano Massey. "The students in this program have a lot of potential to be award-winning journalists and savvy public relations professionals. We are proud to help them pursue their goals.

“I am very excited about collaborating with NABJ on this year’s student project. It is very rewarding to coach such talented students and to work alongside passionate and committed mentors. Diverse voices are needed now more than ever,” said NAHJ student project leader Monica Rhor.

2016 Student Participants:

NABJ Journalism Students

Senait Gebregiorgis, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, senior, Broadcast Journalism

Chris Grisby, The University of Tampa, junior, Communications

Donovan Harrell, Florida A&M University, senior, Broadcast Journalism

Jordyn Holman, University of Southern California, senior, Print and Digital Journalism

Sean Hurd, The George Washington University, senior, Journalism, Exercise Science

More here.


NABJ Celebrates 40

On Saturday, December 12, NABJ celebrated its 40th Anniversary with a reception at the AFL-CIO. During the event attendees had the opportunity to meet many of our founders up close and personal, and hear stories about their pioneering spirit and triumph, as we saluted and honored them with a special tribute. Pictured above are our founders with attendees in front of the White House. NABJ would like to thank Buick, our Exclusive Title Host.Watch highlights from the event here.


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