NABJ Salutes the Career of Cynthia Tucker of The Atlanta Journal Constitution
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Posted by: Aprill Turner
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- August 11, 2011 -- The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) salutes the career of Cynthia Tucker of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and wishes her well in her new role as visiting professor at the University of Georgia's journalism school.
"NABJ recognizes Cynthia Tucker for her exemplary commitment to journalism," said NABJ President Gregory Lee, senior assistant sports editor at The Boston Globe. "At a time when we are advocating for more people of color on Sunday morning talk shows, Cynthia Tucker is often called upon because she consistently elevates the conversation and pushes the dialogue forward. We congratulate her and look forward to the next chapter of her illustrious career."
The Pulitzer-prize winning columnist has a long history with NABJ and was named Journalist of the Year in 2006, one of the organization's highest honors.
"As an Atlanta native, I have long admired Ms. Tucker's commitment to confronting the hidden and overlooked legacy of discrimination," said Errin Haines, NABJ's Vice President-Print, and a newswoman at The Associated Press' Atlanta bureau who covers race and Southern politics."She has never hesitated to turn that same critical eye on black leaders, holding them equally accountable. Ms. Tucker is an example for all journalists committed to more fully explaining the complexities of our nation."
Tucker's last regular column appeared in the newspaper Sunday. She is expected to start her new position on Aug. 12 and begins teaching a course in persuasive writing in the spring.
Tucker's departure weakens the editorial board of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Tucker is among The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's most prominent columnists and certainly among its more visible journalists of color. For years, she has upheld the paper's legacy of civil rights advocacy in the tradition of her predecessor and role model, the legendary Ralph McGill. Andre' Jackson, a longtime NABJ member, has been the editorial editor at the AJC since 2008, and also writes columns.
"Ms. Tucker's voice became even more unique as The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's editorial perspective shifted in recent years to appeal to a conservative audience," said Haines. "It is the hope of NABJ that the newspaper appoint a successor who upholds the values that she and Mr. McGill embodied and for which they were both nationally praised."_______
An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization of journalists of color in the nation and provides educational, career development and support to black journalists worldwide.