BOSTON (AUG. 2, 2014) -- The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) has awarded Carol D. Ash and Vince Hill the association's President's Award. The award is given annually to a member or members who have made outstanding contributions to the organization.
Just a few weeks before the Boston convention, Ash was tapped as a program consultant to help oversee final preparations for the convention. A former member of the UNITY Board of Directors, she also has very recent experience having served as convention chair for the 2013 annual convention in Orlando and as the 2012 special events chair, when she led the planning and execution of the several convention focal points including the opening ceremony, plenary sessions, the Salute to Excellence Awards Gala and Gospel Brunch. She used her years of leadership in NABJ this year to help the board and national office staff complete planning and execution of the annual convention.
Ash is director of the Media/Communications Department at Kennedy King College in Chicago, and has 15 years of experience in news. She's worked at five television stations across the country and still freelances as a news producer and at WMAQ-TV, the NBC owned and operated station in Chicago.
"I am personally grateful to Carol for accepting the challenge we asked her to take on, and being program consultant, executive producer, scheduler, manager, and all around difference maker these last few weeks," NABJ President Bob Butler said. "She has truly been a fixer -- handling every problem or conflict efficiently and professionally. This association owes her more than a debt of gratitude for giving of her time and talent to be of service to this organization we all love."
Vince Hill is a seasoned radio broadcaster well known for his years as an anchor and reporter at KYW Radio in Philadelphia. KYW listeners were introduced to Hill in 1979 when, at the age of 22, he became the station's youngest anchor. As business and finance editor at KYW, he helps listeners to understand the markets, consumer trends, and the area of personal finance. Because of the known lack of diversity in the business reporting ranks, Vince helps educate other journalists about the importance of the beat year after year at regional and national NABJ conferences.
Additionally, Hill has taught students at Temple University for 29 years on the basics of print journalism and through an advanced course in broadcast newswriting.
Hill has served as co-chair of NABJ's Radio Task Force and currently chairs of the Broadcast Task Force, which includes radio and television journalists. The group's purpose is to champion diversity in newsrooms across the country and to inspire camaraderie among broadcast journalists.
"Vince is one of my oldest and dearest friends in NABJ. He is an NABJ legend. He has never not answered the call to be a leader in the newsroom, an advocate as journalists can be for his community and a teacher to those who needed teaching," Butler said. "I am proud to honor him for his work for all of us in the industry, and for his example. He is a great journalist and a great person."
Butler presented the award during the convention's Salute to Excellence Awards Gala.
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.