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 NABJ Mourns the Loss of Pulitzer Prize-Winning Washington Post Photographer Michel du Cille

NABJ is stunned to learn of the passing of Pulitzer Prize -winning Washington Post photographer Michel du Cille.

Du Cille died of an apparent heart attack while on assignment in Liberia.

“Michel represents the very best of journalism,” said NABJ President Bob Butler.“I am heartbroken but he was committed to covering the Ebola crisis in Liberia so I’m not surprised he was back workingthere despite the dangers to his health that presented.”

According to the Post, du Cille collapsed while hiking from a distant village. He was taken to a hospital but never regained consciousness.

His death has sent shockwaves through NABJ.

"Michel was a tough editor, a delicate photographer and a dear friend.

I wish he were here right now," said Bryan Monroe, former NABJ President who had known du Cille for more than 25 years and worked with him on the edit of the book "Songs of My People."

"Michel was one of the greatest photojournalists of our times, and he was one of the nicest, down-to-earth people. Just a really good brother,” said Washington Post colleague and former NABJ President Vanessa Williams

“He cared deeply about documenting the lives of black people -- the good and the not-so-good -- in other words, he showed our humanity in full. We should all aspire to continue his legacy of honest, intelligent and compassionate journalism."

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 Member Spotlight:
Felicia Middlebrooks: In The Record Books

The National Association of Black Journalists proudly salutes longtime NABJ member Felicia Middlebrooks who on October 1 celebrated her 30th anniversary as the morning drive anchor for CBS Radio/WBBM Newsradio 780/105.9 FM Chicago. Middlebrooks was the first woman and the first African-American to co-anchor the highly competitive morning drive program in Chicago.

The role of news anchor is one Middlebrooks cherishes as she always aspired to be a respected journalist. Her success undoubtedly opened doors for women to be considered for anchor positions in other markets around the country.

Middlebrooks has a strong work ethic, which was honed when she worked as a steelworker to 

finance her undergraduate degree in mass communications at Purdue University. She later returned to the classroom to earn her MBA also from Purdue. In her career in Chicago Middlebrooks has connected with listeners over the airwaves due to her warmth, charm, and sophistication.

Frequently on the lecture circuit, Felicia has mentored scores of aspiring young journalists. As an adjunct professor, she teaches courses at DePaul University and Purdue University Calumet, where she was named Outstanding Alumnus of 2003.   

In 2006, she was inducted into the International Press Club’s Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame. 

You can read more about Ms. Middlebrooks’ thoughts on her career in this recent Chicago Tribune article.



Member Spotlight: 

NABJ Congratulates Member Kimberly Godwin On Her Promotion to Senior Broadcast Producer at CBS News



NABJ congratulates member Kimberly Godwin on her promotion to Senior Broadcast Producer for the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley.

Godwin, a 30-year journalism veteran, has had a long and distinguished career in both local and network television news. At the local level she has been a producer, senior producer, executive producer, assistant news director, and news director. At the network level she has been a senior producer and now, senior broadcast producer.

"Kim Godwin has distinguished herself as an able journalist who 

can develop compelling angles and approaches to storytelling, lead newsrooms and inspire her fellow journalists to give their very best," said NABJ President Bob Butler.


"Kim is an accomplished executive and proven leader who has performed brilliantly at the CBS Evening News for seven years and has successfully run many newsrooms across the country. Kim is principled, dedicated and respected. She has helped shape some of the most important broadcasts of the CBS Evening News," Steve Capus, Executive Producer of the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley and Executive Editor of CBS News said in a statement.

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