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NABJ Congratulates President Lee on Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism

Monday, April 22, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Tiane Johnson
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WASHINGTON, DC (April 22, 2013) -- The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) congratulates NABJ President Gregory H. Lee Jr., executive sports editor of the South Florida Sun Sentinel, on being named a recipient of the 2013 Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism to be presented in the fall of this year.

"I am extraordinarily proud and extremely humbled to receive such an honor,” Lee said. "This is an amazing award to receive and it only motivates me to continue working to ensure that other journalists of diverse backgrounds will get the opportunity to reach the heights of our profession.”

The medal which has been presented since 1930 is the highest honor the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri awards. Previous honorees include Walter Cronkite, Tom Brokaw, Gordon Parks, Christiane Amanpour, and Helen Thomas.

Lee has been at the Sun Sentinel since September of 2012 after having spent the previous eight years at the Boston Globe. Lee now leads the Sun Sentinel's coverage of four professional teams in South Florida, including the Miami Heat, coverage of the state's college programs, more than 300 high schools and the paper's digital efforts in sports.

At the Globe he was senior assistant sports editor, managing reporters and leading the section's daily coverage. In 2008, Lee led the section's coverage of the Boston Celtics' championship run and its first NBA title in 20 years and served the Globe as its lead on-site editor at the Summer Olympic Games in Beijing.
 
Before heading to the Globe, Lee was an editor at The Washington Post, where he held a number of positions during his five-year tenure.  Prior to working at the Post, Lee worked at the Times-Picayune in New Orleans as a copy editor, later advancing to slot editor, where he was responsible for designing the sports section and running the sports desk. Throughout his college years, Lee had worked as an editorial assistant in the sports department for the Times-Picayune.  Lee is a 1996 graduate of Xavier University in New Orleans.
 
Not only a distinguished journalist but an industry leader, Lee is the 19th President of the National Association of Black Journalists. He previously served as treasurer, secretary, and as chair of the S.E.E.D. (Student Education Enrichment and Development) Committee.

Lee is also co-director of the Sports Journalism Institute, an annual nine-week training and internship program for college students interested in sports journalism careers, designed to attract talented students to journalism through opportunities in sports reporting and editing and enhance racial and gender diversity in sports departments nationwide.

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An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation, and provides career development as well as educational and other support to its members worldwide. For more information, please visit www.nabj.org.


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