Washington Post Columnist Michelle Singletary to Receive Community Service Award from Black Journali
Thursday, May 06, 2010
Posted by: ryan williams
Washington, DC, May 6, 2010 - Washington Post
Columnist Michelle Singletary will be honored by the National
Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) for her dedication to improving
the lives of others. Singletary will receive the organization’s
Community Service Award during the Salute to Excellence Awards Gala
during NABJ’s 35th Annual Convention and Career Fair in San Diego, the
largest gathering of minority journalists in the country.
NABJ bestows the Community Service Award to a black journalist who
has had a positive impact on the black community outside the normal
realm of journalism.
"Michelle is truly worthy of this honor. Through her column and
community outreach she uses her gift and knowledge of personal finance
to help people break free from debt,” said NABJ President Kathy Y.
Times. "We also called on Michelle to help our members through the
trials of industry layoffs and buyouts to help answer their questions
about finances. She is always ready and eager to share her wisdom with
Singletary’s syndicated column, "Color of Money”, appears in
newspapers across the country. She is an accomplished reporter, author,
radio and television host, and educator. NABJ’s Community Service
Award recognizes Singletary’s dedication not only in the newsroom, but
in the community that she calls home. For years, Singletary has been
called upon to speak at her home church, First Baptist Church of
Glenarden (Maryland), under the leadership of Pastor John K. Jenkins Sr.
"Michelle has blazed a trail for black women reporting on business
news at the highest level,” said Deirdre M. Childress, NABJ's vice
president-print. "She is someone I admire -- not just for her financial
acumen -- but for her unfailing willingness to help and assist
Her "calling” began as a Bible session, but quickly turned into a
major Bible Study session, followed by being a sought-after keynote
speaker for several Women’s Conferences and other religious workshops.
Singletary has combined her business journalism expertise into a
personal ministry of educating her community on personal finance. Her
professional career includes time at the Baltimore Evening Sun as a
business reporter, but she also covered crime (police), politics,
zoning, and religion.
As the founder and director of "Prosperity Partners Ministry,” a
program where men and women who handle their money well mentor others
who are having financial challenges, Singletary fulfills a part of her
faith and commitment to her ministerial calling. Along with the
volunteer mentoring initiative, Singletary conducts a workshop for the
ministry group each month on topics ranging from budgeting and tithing,
to getting out of debt.
"I have had the opportunity to witness firsthand the dynamic way
that Michelle helps others through her service outside of journalism,”
said NABJ Associate Representative Aprill O. Turner. "Michelle has a
‘tell-it-like-it-is’ style when it comes to helping folks break the
bondage of debt. Her tough-love approach has helped many individuals
and families get on solid financial footing.”
The Salute to Excellence Awards Gala recognizes journalism that
best covered the black experience or addressed issues affecting the
worldwide black community during 2009. Singletary will be joined by
other top honorees including NBC News for the Best Practices Award, New
York Daily News’ Michael Feeney for Emerging Journalist, and CNN’s
Soledad O’Brien for Journalist of the Year.
NABJ’s 35th Annual Convention and Career Fair will take place July
28-August 1 in San Diego, Calif. For additional information, ticket
sales, registration, please visit us at www.nabj.org, or contact Ryan Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org or (301) 405-0248.
An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the
largest organization of journalists of color in the nation, with more
than 4,100 members, and provides educational, career development and
support to black journalists worldwide.