WASHINGTON, D.C. April 25, 2011 - Kimberley A. Martin of Newsday is this year's Emerging Journalist Award recipient, selected by the National Association of Black Journalists at its spring Board of Directors meeting. Martin will join other top honorees at the association's Salute to Excellence Gala, August 6 in Philadelphia, during NABJ's 36th Annual Convention and Career Fair, the largest gathering of minority journalists in the country.
Martin has been with Newsday since November 2007. As a sports reporter, she has covered everything from major league baseball to professional football, and even NASCAR.
"I am honored to win such a prestigious award. To know that my colleagues value my work is as rewarding an honor as I could imagine, " said Martin.
Hank Winnicki, Assistant Managing Editor of Sports wrote, "Kimberley has become an indispensable part of the Newsday team. This is a prestigious national award, and everyone at Newsday is thrilled for Kimberley, she's a terrific writer and reporter and has handled every challenge thrown her way. This honor is well-deserved."
Before moving to Newsday, she covered sports for The Record in New Jersey where she was also an intern. Martin began her career in sports journalism after earning her master's degree in magazine, newspaper, and online journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. While on campus she was a sports staff writer for the school newspaper The Daily Orange. She also earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology and African-American Studies from Wesleyan University.
"I have watched Kimberley develop since the start of her career. She embodies what the spirit of what this award means. I see her doing greater things in the sports journalism industry," said Gregory Lee, Senior Assistant Sports Editor, The Boston Globe and founder of the award.
The Salute to Excellence Awards Gala recognizes journalism that best covered the black experience or addressed issues affecting the worldwide black community during 2010.
Some previous winners of this award include: Michael Feeney, New York Daily News; Trymaine Lee, Huffington Post; Sarah Hoye, CNN; Mara Schiavocampo, NBC News, Errin Haines, Associated Press; and Cynthia Gordy, The Root.
Martin will be joined by other top honorees, the Miami Herald's Jacqueline Charles for Journalist of the Year, and NABJ Founder Acel Moore for Lifetime Achievement, as well as ESPN's Claire Smith for the organization's Legacy Award.
NABJ’s 36th Annual Convention and Career Fair will take place August 3rd -7th in Philadelphia, PA. For additional information, ticket sales, and registration, please visit here.