NABJ Congratulates President Lee on Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism
Monday, April 22, 2013
Posted by: Tiane Johnson
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.
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.
"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.”
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.
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.