NABJ to host Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony January 26th in Washington, DC
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Posted by: Aprill Turner
Gwen Ifill, Johnathan Rodgers, and Pat Harvey amongst honorees
WASHINGTON, D.C., September 29, 2011
-The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) will induct five
legendary journalists into its Hall of Fame, the organization's highest
honor. The ceremony will be held on Thursday, January 26, 2012 at the
Newseum in downtown Washington, DC. Proceeds of the gala benefit
pays homage to legendary black journalists who have made outstanding
contributions to the industry. Over the last 19 years, NABJ has inducted
over 45 journalists into the esteemed Hall of Fame.
"These five giants
in journalism have blazed trails so that black journalists today can
have more freedom and professional opportunities," said NABJ President
Gregory Lee. "We are proud to salute these worthy honorees."
The NABJ Hall of Fame inductees were named by Board of Directors earlier this year.
Meet our honorees:
Gwen Ifill is
moderator and managing editor of "Washington Week" and senior
correspondent for the "PBS NewsHour." She is also the best-selling
author of "The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama."
Gwen reports on a wide range of issues from foreign affairs to U.S.
politics and policies interviewing national and international
newsmakers. She has covered six Presidential campaigns and moderated
two vice presidential debates -- in 2004 the debate between Republican
Dick Cheney and Democrat John Edwards and in 2008 the debate between
Democratic Senator Joe Biden and Republican Governor Sarah Palin.
Gwen has received
more than 20 honorary doctorates and currently serves on the boards of
the News Literacy Project, the Committee to Protect Journalists, and she
is a fellow with the American Academy of Sciences. A native of New York
City, Gwen graduated from Simmons College in Boston.
Pat Harvey, an
award-winning broadcast journalist, was named co-anchor of CBS2s 5 and
11 pm broadcasts in April of 2010 . This comes after a 20 year run in
primetime news on sister station KCAL9. For her 20th anniversary with
the station and impressive body of work, the Los Angeles City Council
and L.A. Board of Supervisors declared Oct. 30th, "Pat Harvey Day" by
She is the
recipient of two lifetime achievement awards. The first in 2004, when
Harvey received the Joseph M. Quinn Lifetime Achievement award from the
L.A. Press Club. In January of 2010, Pat was awarded the Golden Mike for
Lifetime Achievement from the Radio and Television News Association. A
sixteen-time Emmy award winner, Pat was awarded the Emmy for a multiple
report on basketball great "Magic" Johnson a decade after he was
diagnosed with HIV. In 2001, Harvey took home an Emmy award for a series
of reports from East Africa on the AIDS epidemic and the brutal
centuries-old practice of female genital mutilation.
RUTH ALLEN OLLISON
media personality at heart, Ruth Allen Ollison dedicated much of her
professional career to radio and television, showing renowned strengths
in news reporting, anchoring and management. Her expertise in media
enhanced many markets including Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and
Washington D.C. One of her favorite roles included starting up the news
department at an NBC affiliate in Tyler, TX -- not far from her rural
roots in the northeast Texas community of Piney.
After two decades
in the broadcasting industry, Ollison sought to transform the conditions
that she had covered for so long as a journalist. She landed in inner
city Houston, where she bought a crack house in one of the most
notorious areas of the city and started a ministry while earning a
Master's Degree in Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological
Seminary and Doctorate of Ministry (Spirituality and Transforming
Community) from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. Still
very much in the business of communication, Ollison uses her years of experience delivering the news of the day to deliver some good news.
After close to 50 years of service in the media business, TV One President and CEO Johnathan Rodgers retired in June.
leadership, the network, which serves nearly 53 million adults has
become recognized as the quality programming alternative for
Rodgers began his
career as a journalist for Sports Illustrated then moving on to work for
NBC and CBS. After moving into media management, Rodgers eventually
became an Executive Producer at CBS News and later the President of the
CBS Television Stations group. In 1996, he joined the cable industry
when he went to Discovery Communications as the President of the U.S.
Networks group. He came to TV One in 2004.
1967, Wallace Terry became deputy bureau chief for Time magazine in
Saigon. His two years of Vietnam War reporting included coverage of the
Tet offensive and scores of combat missions with American and South
Vietnamese pilots. In addition to writing for USA
TODAY and Parade magazine, Terry was an award-winning author, producer
and public speaker. He died on May 29, 2003.
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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