NABJ Founder Sam Ford and Journalism Legend Simeon Booker Honored
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Posted by: Aprill Turner
WASHINGTON (April 13, 2016) --- The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) salutes NABJ Founder Sam Ford and member Simeon Booker for recent honors.
Founder Ford was inducted into the D.C. Hall of Fame last weekend. Ford has covered the nation's capitol for more than three decades as ABC7/WJLA-TV’s bureau chief. Previously, he spent nine years as a correspondent for CBS News. During his tenure at the network, Ford was stationed at CBS bureaus in New York, Atlanta and Washington.
He was recognized by the Washington, D.C., Hall of Fame Society for decades of exemplary coverage and contributions to the city.
Additionally last week, Simeon Booker, 97, a veteran reporter and editor for Jet and Ebony magazines, won the prestigious George Polk Career Award.
"NABJ proudly congratulates two of our journalism greats, Sam Ford and Simeon Booker," said NABJ President Sarah Glover. "We stand on the shoulders of these great man, and will remain forever thankful to them for being trailblazers in the industry."
Booker covered incidents that sparked the civil rights movement, including the race-related murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till in Money, Mississippi in 1955.
Till’s death happened after witnesses said he whistled at a white woman; her husband was involved in the kidnapping and murder of Till. But when the case went to court, his killers who later confessed to the crime, were found innocent. Booker’s reporting, along with graphic images of Till that ran in Jet magazine, sparked outrage among many in the nation and brought awareness to racial inequality.
The George Polk Awards were established at LIU-Brooklyn in 1949 to honor Polk, a CBS News correspondent who was killed while reporting on the Greek civil war.
About The National Association of Black Journalists:
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.