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Yvette Miley Chosen as NABJ's 2017 Chuck Stone Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient


 
Washington, D.C. (May 15, 2017) -- The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) has selected Yvette Miley as the recipient of its 2017 Chuck Stone Lifetime Achievement Award.
 
The Chuck Stone Lifetime Achievement Award is bestowed upon a journalist with at least 15 years of experience in the journalism industry with a track record of making extraordinary contributions to the enrichment, understanding and advancement of black life and culture.

 "It is an incredible honor to have my work recognized. Although I didn't have the privilege of personally knowing Chuck Stone, I owe my career to him and others like him," said Miley.
 
"My time at NBC News and MSNBC has afforded me the opportunity to work alongside the best in the industry. Chuck's courage and commitment to journalism, and to NABJ, opened doors for all of us. Because he did, I could!"
 
Miley, who has worked for NBC Universal for 25 years, is known for her dynamic leadership and is well-respected across the industry. She joined NBC 6/WTVJ in October 1991 as a producer and held various positions in the newsroom prior to working her way up to assistant news director. In 2001, she was named vice president and news director of the NBC station in Birmingham, Alabama.

Under Miley's leadership, the station's newscast jumped from third to first in the late news category. She then joined MSNBC in 2009 as executive editor of MSNBC dayside and was quickly promoted to vice president and later senior vice president. In 2015, in addition to her editorial duties, she was named head of Diversity and Inclusion for both MSNBC and NBC News. 
 
 
"Yvette's stellar career is worthy of accolades," said NABJ President Sarah Glover. "Since she began working in television news more than 30 years ago as an assignment editor in Florida, Yvette's dynamic leadership skills and journalistic excellence have been evident as she rose through the ranks of NBC."
 
Colleagues say Miley is a champion of diversity and has such a strong commitment to people of color, LGBT and social justice issues that they are "woven into the fabric of all she touches." Additionally, her support of NBCBLK, a digital portal that focuses on African Americans, and NBC OUT, which targets the LGBT community, was crucial to their existence. 
 
Miley is described as a passionate mentor who stresses that "performance, professional image and exposure to key executives are key factors to success."

 

Throughout her career, Miley has been credited with identifying and launching the careers of dozens of journalists both in front of the camera and behind the scenes, many of whom work at both the network and local level.


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April Ryan Named 2017 NABJ Journalist of the Year


WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 2, 2017) –  April Ryan has been selected as the 2017 Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). The annual award recognizes a black journalist who has a distinguished body of work that has extraordinary depth, scope and significance to people of the African Diaspora.
A 30-year journalism veteran, Ryan has a unique vantage point as the only black female reporter covering urban issues from the White House – a position she has held for American Urban Radio Networks (AURN) since January 1997. Her position as a White House correspondent for AURN has afforded her unusual insight into the racial sensitivities, issues and political struggles of our nation’s last three presidents. 
 
“April Ryan is a true trailblazer and truth seeker. She’s dogged and unapologetic about her pursuit of the story,” said NABJ President Sarah Glover. “In the White House press corps circle, where too few black women have been given an opportunity to report, April has excelled and persevered in spite of the many obstacles she has confronted. Her work has risen to the top.”
Trailblazer adequately describes Ryan, who received the 2016 Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Trailblazer Award from the National Council of Negro Women, an honor she was ecstatic about receiving. She has served on the board of the prestigious White House Correspondent’s Association. She is one of only three African Americans in the association’s more than 100-year history to serve on its board. She is also a member of the National Press Club.
 
On behalf of American Urban Radio Networks’ 300 affiliates, and through her “Fabric of America” news blog, Ryan delivers her readership and listeners a “unique urban and minority perspective in news.”

A Baltimore native and Morgan State University graduate, Ryan gives back by serving as a mentor to aspiring journalists, and helps develop up-and-coming broadcasters.

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NABJ Abhors Allegations in FOX News Racial Discrimination Lawsuit



WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 27, 2017) -- The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is disturbed and dismayed by recent allegations of a racist work environment at FOX News. Eleven current and former Fox News employees, including Emmy-winning anchor Kelly Wright, filed a class-action lawsuit in New York this week, according to The Washington Post

"The recent discrimination allegations at FOX News are unsettling. NABJ was founded 42 years ago to fight against racism and discrimination in newsrooms and we pledge to continue to do so today," said NABJ President Sarah Glover. "We've seen downsizing and layoffs in U.S. newsrooms that have had a disproportionate effect on the number of working black  

journalists. No one working in the media industry today should be subjected to discriminatory practices. This has to end."

When asked about the lawsuit, a FOX News official offered the following statement to NABJ: "FOX News and Dianne Brandi vehemently deny the race discrimination claims in both lawsuits. They are copycat complaints of the original one filed last month. We will vigorously defend these cases."

Douglas H. Wigdor, founding partner at Wigdor, LLP and the attorney representing the plaintiffs in the FOX News case, stated at a Wednesday news conference: "When it comes to
racial discrimination, 21st Century Fox has been operating as if it should be called 18th Century Fox. We sincerely hope the filing of this race class action wakes 21st Century Fox from its slumbers and inspires the company to take a conciliatory and appropriate approach to remedy its wrongs."

"NABJ believes diverse newsrooms improve fair and balanced coverage of issues important to all viewers and that no journalist should be subjected to discrimination while doing their job," said NABJ Vice President-Broadcast Dorothy Tucker.

NABJ has an active Media Monitoring Committee and the association is reaching out to several major media outlets to address our diversity concerns.

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