Dale R. Wright Named NABJ 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
Monday, May 2, 2016
Posted by: Aprill Turner
The National Association of Black Journalists has selected the late Dale R. Wright as the recipient of the association's 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Lifetime Achievement Award is bestowed upon a journalist with at least 15 years experience in the journalism industry with a track record of making extraordinary contributions to the enrichment, understanding and advancement of black life and culture.
Wright was the first African American reporter to work at The New York World-Telegram and Sun and focused on investigative journalism. Among his most important and legendary works was a series on migrant workers entitled "The Forgotten People." In order to report the story, Wright went undercover and spent six months traveling the east coast from Florida to New York. The piece was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1962, reprinted in part in The Negro Digest and later published as a book.
"Dale Wright’s career was exemplary. He demonstrated the highest commitment to the journalism craft and was among those to integrate a mainstream newspaper," NABJ President Sarah Glover said. "His courage helped inspire others and had a ripple effect, enabling him to recruit more African-Americans to join him."
Prior to his work at the World-Telegram, Wright was an associate editor at Johnson Publishing Company's EBONY and JET magazines.
Early on, the Marine Corps veteran showed an interest in learning. With the help of the G.I. Bill, Wright attended The Ohio State University where he served as the news editor of the student newspaper, The Lantern. While at OSU, he was the first African American inducted into Ohio State's chapter of Sigma Delta Chi, the national professional journalism fraternity.
After working as a print journalist, Wright went on to work in government and for NBC's news desk in Washington, D.C., as part of the early wave of African Americans to explore opportunities in broadcasting. Eventually, he began his own business, Dale Wright Associates, where he provided media relations counsel primarily to black businesses. Additionally, he provided his media and communications skills to a group of New York's most notable public officials including former New York City Mayor Edward I. Koch, former Sen. Jacob K. Javits and former Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller.
Wright will be honored posthumously during the organization's Convention and Career Fair in Washington, DC, Aug. 3-7.
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. For additional information, please visit www.nabj.org.