NABJ and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University jointly and proudly each year give the prestigious Ida B. Wells Award to give tangible and highly visible recognition to an individual or group of individuals and their company. Winners should have provided distinguished leadership in increasing access and opportunities to people of color in journalism, and improving the coverage of communities of color in American media.
                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                                                                         
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Ida B. Wells

NABJ and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University jointly and proudly each year give the prestigious Ida B. Wells Award to give tangible and highly visible recognition to an individual or group of individuals and their company. Winners should have provided distinguished leadership in increasing access and opportunities to people of color in journalism, and improving the coverage of communities of color in American media.




The award is named in honor of the distinguished journalist, fearless reporter and wife of one of Americas earliest black publishers. Wells was "editor and proprietor" of the Memphis Free Speech and Headlight. She told her male co-founders she would not help launch the newspaper unless she was made "equal to them." In the late 19th century, Wells won acclaim on two continents for her fearless crusade against lynching.

She championed an integrated society and urged black Americans to seek their rightful share of the jobs in the new industrial age. Today a massive public housing complex in Chicago is named in her memory.

First bestowed in 1983, the Wells award itself consists of a bust with a specific notation of the act or actions being recognized. Professors at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University serve as co-curators.

Sam Adams, the longtime University of Kansas journalism professor and civil rights movement reporter, founded the award, formerly administered the awards. 


Previous Awardees






2014
Sheila Solomon

Adjunct Professor, Columbia College



2013
Richard Prince

Columnist at the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education                                             




2012
Michael Fields
News Director at WABE



 















2011
Walterene Swanston
NPR






2009
Bobbi Bowman

Diversity Director
American Society 
of News Editors (ASNE)



2008
Johnita P. Due

Senior Counsel
& Diversity Council chair
CNN



   2007
Steve Capus

President
NBC News


    2006
Virgil Smith
President and Publisher
Asheville (N.C.) Citizen-Times



Reggie Stuart

2005 
Reggie Stuart
Corporate Recruiter
Knight Ridder



2004 
Don Browne
Chief Operating Officer
Telemundo

David Yarnold

2003 
David Yarnold
Senior Vice President & Editor
San Jose Mercury News



2002 
Sam Adams
Retiring Curator

2001 
Reid MacCluggage
Editor publisher (ret.)
The Day
New London, Connecticut




2000 
No award

 
Timothy M. Kelly

1999 
Timothy M. Kelly
President and Publisher
Lexington Herald-Leader
Kentucky

Paula Madison

1998 
Paula Madison
President & General Manager
KNBC-TV (Los Angeles)

Frank A. Blethen

1997 
Frank A. Blethen
Publisher and Chief Executive Officer
The Seattle Times


1996 
Donald Graham
Publisher
The Washington Post Companies



1995 
Shelby Coffey III
Editor and Executive Vice President
Los Angeles Times



1994 
Gerald M. Sass
Senior Vice President
The Freedom Forum

Wanda Lloyd

1993 
Wanda Lloyd
Senior Editor for Administration
USA TODAY

Jay T. Harris

1992 
Jay T. Harris
Vice President/Operations and
Assistant to the President
Knight-Ridder

John C. Quinn

1991 
John C. Quinn
Deputy Chair
The Freedom Forum
Former Chief News Executive
Gannett Co.



1990 
Mervin Aubespin
Associate Editor
The Courier-Journal
Louisville



1989 
Albert Fitzpatrick
Assistant Vice President
Knight-Ridder

David Lawrence Jr.

1988 
David Lawrence Jr.
Publisher and Chairman
Detroit Free Press

Loren Ghiglione

1987 
Loren Ghiglione
Publisher
The News
Southbridge , Mass.

James K. Batten

1986 
James K. Batten
President
Knight-Ridder

Barry Bingham Jr.

1985 
Barry Bingham Jr.
Editor and Publisher
The Courier-Journal 
and The Louisville Times in Kentucky

Allen H. Neuharth

1983 
Allen H. Neuharth
Chairman and President
Gannett Co.



1984 
Daniel B. Burke
President and Chief Operating Officer
Capital Cities Broadcasting



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