WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 15, 2014) — The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is stunned to learn of the passing of long-time member and award-winning journalist Angelo Henderson.
Henderson won a Pulitzer-Prize for the Wall Street Journal in 1999 and was host of "Your Voice with Angelo Henderson,” a popular news talk show on News Talk WCHB 1200 AM and 99.9 FM in Detroit.
Henderson, 51, was a stalwart for NABJ who had a passion for journalism, the ministry and issues affecting African Americans. NABJ President Bob Butler recalled meeting Henderson when he ran for president of the organization in 2009.
"He said it was a logical extension of his service to NABJ," Butler said of Henderson's decision to seek the organization's top office.
Though he was not elected NABJ president, Henderson served two terms on the NABJ executive board and two terms as the president of the Detroit chapter of NABJ.
NABJ Region IV Director Vickie Thomas said of Henderson's death: "We have lost a giant in journalism."
"Angelo Henderson was a true friend and a diehard supporter of the Detroit Chapter of NABJ," said Thomas, a reporter at WWJ/CBS Radio Detroit.
The news of Henderson’s passing hit all members hard, particularly NABJ past presidents.
"Angelo was one of the most influential members in this organization, said Sidmel Estes, who served as NABJ President from 1991-1993. "His buoyant style in terms of his personal demeanor, as well as his love for NABJ is unmatched. This is just devastating to me.”
Our hearts go out to Felecia, Grant, the Detroit NABJ family and the many people who were touched by Angelo and grew to love him over the years.
We will keep members updated when new information becomes available.
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.
This is a huge loss for NABJ and for journalism. Angelo could always be counted on to keep it real, to be a passionate voice for our community. Though our hearts ache for Felecia and Grant, let us be very proud of Angelo's accomplishments. We will remember him fondly.
Karen Jacobs, Atlanta