NABJ to Honor News Director and Diversity Champion Michael Fields with Ida B. Wells Award
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Posted by: Aprill Turner
Award to be given at NABJ Hall of Fame Gala, Jan. 26 at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.
D.C. (December 23, 2011) -- The National Association of Black
Journalists (NABJ) announced today that Michael Fields, news
director of WABE 90.1 FM in Atlanta, will receive the prestigious Ida B.
Wells Award. The annual honor is given to a media executive or manager who has
made outstanding efforts to make newsrooms and news coverage more accurately
reflect the diversity of the communities they serve.
will be honored on January 26, 2012, at NABJ’s Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
at the Newseum in Washington, D. C.
is being recognized for his efforts which have resulted in excellent WABE
news coverage and a more accurate reflection of the diverse communities that
public broadcasting station in Atlanta serves. Previous recipients include: Steve Capus of
NBC News; Reggie Stuart of Knight Ridder; Paula Madison of NBC Universal; and
Walterene Swanston of NPR.
is proud to honor Michael with our Ida B. Wells award. He is truly deserving of
this honor and has demonstrated a strong commitment to diversity with his work
at WABE through his hiring practices as well as in the news coverage that he
leads of the diverse communities that Atlanta serves,” said NABJ
President Gregory Lee Jr. "We are proud to call Michael an NABJ member and are
pleased to honor him for his work in ensuring our newsrooms make diversity a
Ida B. Wells Award is named in honor of the distinguished journalist,
fearless reporter and wife of one of America's earliest black publishers.
am greatly humbled to even be mentioned in the same breath with Ida B. Wells,
who was one of America’s most courageous journalists, battling the double
handicaps of both race and gender to fight the evils of lynching,” Fields said.
the WABE newsroom first came under Fields' leadership in 2006, telling truths
about diverse and under-served populations has resulted in the station becoming
a highly regarded award-winning news outlet.
of its notable achievements was the station’s ongoing coverage of
Georgia's immigration reform. WABE’s reporters traveled to South Georgia and
spent several days with immigrant workers. That story was subsequently featured
on the national public radio program, The World.
has also led WABE newsroom's aggressive and continuing coverage of the test cheating scandal in the
Atlanta Public Schools, which have a majority minority student population. They
are the people most affected by the scandal, something Fields has always kept as
a focus of WABE's coverage.
Fields will accept his
honor, along with NABJ’s 2012 Hall of Fame honorees: Gwen Ifill, moderator and managing editor of PBS’s
"Washington Week"; veteran news anchor Pat Harvey of KCBS;
veteran news executive Ruth Allen Ollison; former TV One President and CEO Johnathan Rodgers; and the late Wallace Terry, a Vietnam war
correspondent, author and oral historian.
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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.