On Thursday, January 16, 2014, The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) inducted eight journalists into its Hall of Fame. The ceremony was held at The Newseum in Washington.
Annually, NABJ pays homage to legendary black journalists who have made outstanding contributions to the industry. Over the last 23 years, NABJ has inducted over 55 distinguished journalists into the association’s Hall of Fame.
The NABJ Hall of Fame inductees will be named by Board of Directors based on the recommendation of the Hall of Fame Committee chaired by NABJ Founder Maureen Bunyan, Evening News Anchor WJLA-TV.
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Herb Boyd has authored or edited 22 books, including the recent Civil Rights: Yesterday & Today. His book Baldwin's Harlem was finalist for a 2009 NAACP Image Award. In 1995, with Robert Allen, he received an American Book Award for Brotherman--The Odyssey of Black Men in America. We Shall Overcome, a media-fusion book with narration by Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, is used in classrooms around the world, as is his Autobiography of a People and The Harlem Reader. Boyd’s articles have been published in The Black Scholar, The Final Call, Amsterdam News, Cineaste, Downbeat, The Network Journal, The City Sun, Emerge, and Essence. He has been recognized with awards from the National Association of Black Journalists and the New York Association of Black Journalists. He attended Wayne State University and in late 1960s helped establish the first black studies classes there. He went on to teach at the university for 12 years. For 40 years, he has taught at institutions of higher learning and currently teaches at College of New Rochelle and City College New York, and is national and international correspondent for Free.
Maureen Bunyan is a veteran television news broadcaster and a primary anchor for ABC 7 in Washington, DC. Named a "Washingtonian of the Year" in 1992, Ms. Bunyan has an extensive record of service to the community. Bunyan started her journalism career freelancing at the Milwaukee Journal while attending the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee nearby, then went on to television jobs at WGBH-TV in Boston and WCBS-TV in New York before arriving in Washington in 1973 and joining WTOP-TV (now WUSA-TV), a station that was known for its Eyewitness News team which included Max Robinson and Gordon Peterson. She is a founder and board member of the International Women’s Media Foundation, which serves women in the media in 100 countries. She is a founder of the National Association of Black Journalists. She also serves on the National Advisory Board of the Casey Journalism Center on Children & Families, the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital Women’s Advisory Board, the Advisory Committee of Women in Film & Video and is a board member of Women of Washington. In recognition of her significant contributions to broadcasting for over 30 years, Ms. Bunyan has received numerous awards. Ms. Bunyan attended the Columbia University School of Journalism and holds a Master's Degree from Harvard University Graduate School of Education.
Between 1975 and 1982, Jay Harris was on the faculty of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and served as assistant dean of the school. In 1978, he designed and launched the American Society of Newspaper Editors' annual national census of minority employment in daily newspapers. He has received honorary doctorates from Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, his alma mater, and Santa Clara University in California. From 1994 to 2001 Harris was chairman and publisher of the San Jose Mercury News. During his seven years as publisher the paper rose to national prominence for the quality of its journalism. The Columbia Journalism Review ranked it one of the ten best newspapers in the country. He also made the Mercury News a national pioneer in multi-cultural publishing, leading the drive to broaden and deepen the newspaper's service to a multi-lingual readership, and business community, in one of the nation's most diverse cities. His professional work has been recognized with awards from numerous universities, public benefit corporations, social justice organizations, and national journalism and journalism education organizations. He is a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board of Directors and the National Advisory Board of the Poynter Institute. Harris holds the Wallis Annenberg Chair in Journalism and Democracy at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California where he joined the faculty in October 2002. He also serves as the founding director of The Center for the Study of Journalism and Democracy.
|Moses Newson risked his life covering some of the most notable events of the civil rights movement, including the funeral of George Lee, the Emmett Till murder trial, school desegregation in Little Rock and the 1961 Freedom Rides, where his bus was attacked in Anniston, Alabama. Newson also reported from national political conventions and a number of foreign countries during critical periods. He corresponded from post-civil-war Nigeria, wrote about Bahamian independence, and covered apartheid in South Africa. In 1952 Newson’s first job as a reporter came at the Tri-State Defender in Memphis. He later became a city editor with the Tri-State Defender. Newson left the Tri-State Defender for the Baltimore Afro-American, where he would be a reporter, city editor and ultimately executive editor for the final 10 of his 21 years at the newspaper. Newsom later left journalism to become a public affairs specialist for what was to become the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. After working for the government for 17 years, Newson retired at age 68. Newson was inducted into the Hall of Fame for the Maryland-Delaware-District of Columbia Press Association in 2008.|
Bernard Shaw attended the University of Illinois at Chicago from 1963 to 1968. The venerable anchorman began his career in Chicago at WNUS TV, then later joined CBS News and ABC news, becoming its Capitol Hill Senior Correspondent. He had the distinction of serving in the US Marine Corps, in 1962, achieving the rank of Corporal, E-4. It was in the military that he developed a passion for the print media. Shaw retired from CNN in 2001 after being the face of the cable network since its inception in 1980. During that time, Shaw commanded the anchor desk and boldly steered the national conversation even when taking on positions of adversity. He is also remembered for his reporting on the 1991 Gulf War. Shaw moderated the October 2000 vice-presidential debate between Dick Cheney and Joe Lieberman. From 1992 until his retirement, Shaw anchored CNN’s Inside Politics.
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|Jackie Ormes (1911-1985, née Zelda Mavin Jackson) was the first African American woman newspaper cartoonist. She pushed the art of the newspaper cartoon and comic strip in a new direction with her smart, beautiful, handsome, and fashionable Black characters that challenged the stereotypes and caricatures in the mainstream press. Ormes created cartoons and comic strips that reached over a million readers from coast-to-coast, mostly in the Pittsburgh Courier. Her humorous 1937 "Torchy Brown in ‘Dixie to Harlem’” comic strip followed plucky teen Torchy as she finds stardom at the Cotton Club in a story that evoked the Great Migration. Later, Ormes reimagined Torchy as a mature, independent woman in the 1950-54 full color strip "Torchy in Heartbeats,” an entertaining and thrilling adventure story where Torchy at times challenged racism, violence against women, and environmental injustice. Ormes’s longest running comic was a single panel cartoon from 1945-56, "Patty-Jo ‘n’ Ginger,” where little Patty-Jo humorously commented on topics straight from the late 1940s headlines, like taxes, labor strikes, the HUAC, U.S. foreign policy, the Cold War, free speech, education, housing, and jobs. At a time when mammy dolls and Topsy-types dominated the Black doll market, Ormes transformed her Patty-Jo character into a realistic, high quality and beautifully dressed Patty-Jo doll that was marketed nationally and helped lift the material culture of Black children in America. Ormes’s politics, which fell decidedly to the left and were apparent to even a casual reader of her cartoons and comics, eventually led to her investigation by the FBI during the McCarthy era in the late 1940s. Jackie Ormes was the only Black woman cartoonist in a male dominated newspaper comics industry until 1989.|
|Ernest Dunbar was a globetrotting journalist who made his mark as the first black reporter at Look magazine in 1954. A native of Philadelphia, Mr. Dunbar earned a B.A. in journalism from Temple University in 1954, where he was editor of the university newspaper. He did graduate work in journalism at Northwestern University, and was awarded an honorary doctorate in journalism from Temple in 1971. After graduate work in journalism at Northwestern, he became assistant editor at Look in 1958 and senior editor in 1959 and held that post until the magazine closed in 1971. Dunbar was one of the first black reporters at any mainstream national publication. The prolific writer also wrote and edited books, including The Black Expatriates: A Study of American Negroes in Exile (1968 book he edited), and Nigeria (1974). He also free-lanced for Reader’s Digest, New York Times Magazine, Redbook, and Saturday Review, and served as president of Black Perspectives, a 1960s New York group that predated the National Association of Black Journalists. Mr. Dunbar spent the last 15 years of his career as the Chief Editor of Publications for Exxon Corp. before retiring in 1990. Mr. Dunbar died in 2011 at age 83.|
|Dr. Lee Thornton received a master’s degree in rhetoric and public address from Michigan State University in 1968 and a doctorate in radio, television and film studies from Northwestern University in 1973. She joined CBS News in 1974 and, from 1977 to 1981, covered the Carter White House. In 1977, Lee Thornton became the first black woman to cover the White House regularly for CBS. She worked for the CBS affiliate in Detroit before joining National Public Radio’s "All Things Considered” program in 1982 as a weekend host. Two years later, she became a Washington-based reporter, producer and news anchor for the American Business Network, a cable news network run by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Thornton began teaching journalism at Howard University in the 1980s and took a sabbatical in the early 1990s to produce public affairs shows at CNN. In 1997, she joined the University of Maryland’s College of Journalism as the first holder of the Richard Eaton Chair in Broadcast Journalism. She created, wrote, produced and hosted "Front and Center,” a show that aired on the school’s cable station, UMTV. She was interim dean of the journalism school in 2008-09 and later served as interim associate provost for equity and diversity at the university. After retiring in 2011, she returned to work at the graduate school’s ombuds office. Dr. Thorton passed away in 2013.|
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2014 Ida B. Wells Awardee
Sheila R. Solomon, a leading daily newspaper editor, writer and newsroom
recruiter for four decades and a much-sought after media educator and
training facilitator. Her newspaper career began at the weekly Hampton
Monitor, then the Daily Press of Newport News, VA, Solomon’s hometown
newspaper, where she was a copy editor and reporter. Solomon was one of
the first black journalists hired at the Southern daily. Solomon’s
career next took her to Newsday of Long Island, N.Y., back to the Daily
Press for a second stint, and then to the Charlotte Observer, where she
was a copy editor and editorial board member. In 1997, she returned to
the Daily Press as staff development and reader editor. In 2002, Solomon
took a bold step, moving to Chicago to become senior editor for
recruitment at the Chicago Tribune. From 2009 until 2012 she was the
newspapers’ cross media editor. Her duties included coaching staff and
supervisors to produce multiplatform content, increase print reporters’
appearances on radio, TV and online, and increase the number of diverse
candidates and hires. After Solomon left the Tribune Co. in early 2012,
she worked as a volunteer at Obama for America national headquarters in
Chicago and was an adjunct instructor at Columbia College-Chicago. In
2012, Solomon was inducted in the Hampton University Scripps Howard
School of Journalism and Communications Hall of Fame. She currently is a
recruiter for the Chicago-based content media company Journatic. Ms.
Solomon attended Hampton Institute (now University) where she majored in
mass media arts.
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