NABJ Names Miami Herald’s Jacqueline Charles Journalist of the Year
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Posted by: Aprill Turner
Reporter entrenched in Haiti’s Resurgence to Receive Group’s Top Honor
D.C., April 19, 2011
– A local reporter who is having an international impact has earned top
recognition from the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). At its spring Board of Directors meeting, it named
Miami Herald’s Caribbean Correspondent Jacqueline Charles as Journalist of the
will join other top honorees at the association's Salute to Excellence Gala, on
Saturday, August 6, 2011, in Philadelphia, PA, during NABJ's 36th Annual
Convention and Career Fair, the largest gathering of minority journalists in
Haitian-Turks Islander continues to gain accolades for her coverage, especially
of the on-going crisis in Haiti as it charts a new course since the devastating
earthquake in January 2010.
tells stories that are often overlooked,” said NABJ President Kathy Y. Times.
"As a Miami native, I appreciate her commitment to enlightening the local
community and a global audience. Jacquie’s work embodies NABJ’s mission, heart,
began her career with the Miami Herald in 1986 as a high school intern. Upon completing her degree at the University
of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, she returned to the Herald as a full-time
journalist. Although still relatively
freshly minted as a working professional, her first international story had
global significance: the return of Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. She
has continued to cover triumphs and tragedy in Haiti and other island nations
with unrelenting energy to tell stories that not only impact but also educate
and encourage change.
international reporting, Jacqueline Charles always made it part of her
journalism mission to share with future journalists the opportunities that she received
through NABJ, its Region Three, and South Florida Black Journalists Association.
"Jacquie was instrumental in managing the regional conference
held in Miami,” said Terence Shepherd, SFBJA President and former long-time
Herald colleague of Charles. He calls her "a passionate advocate for excellence
in journalism.” For many years, Charles served on the SFBJA Scholarship
Committee, which awarded thousands of dollars in scholarships to high school
students bound for college as journalism majors.
Shepherd, who is now Managing Editor of BankRate.com says, "She was
a driving force behind inspiring chapter members and colleagues at the Miami Herald
to volunteer to help with the annual summer journalism program for high school
students at the University of Miami.” Charles has continued to recruit
colleagues and students for the high school workshop, even while covering the
devastation and determination in Haiti.
"Jacquie has done more to focus the
world's attention on the tragedies and triumphs of Haiti than any other
reporter, sometimes at great personal risks,” said John Yearwood, World Editor
of the Miami Herald and co-chair of the NABJ World Affairs Task Force along
with Djibril Diallo, who nominated Charles for the honor. "Haitians tell me
all the time that they owe her a debt of gratitude. This recognition is
2010 NABJ also honored Charles as its International Reporter of the Year at its
"Her work is an inspiration for reporters who want to bring
the cultural history of the African Diaspora into the realm of greater
understanding of people of color,” said Deirdre M. Childress, NABJ Vice
President-Print. "I salute her work as
an example for inspiring and fearless journalism, meeting the goal of NABJ's
coverage of our communities. She shines a light on communities that
deserve greater coverage and that offer black journalists a linkage to our history."