On Thursday, January 17, 2013, The National Association
of Black Journalists (NABJ) will induct six journalists into its Hall of Fame. The
ceremony will be held at The Newseum in Washington during Inauguration Week Festivities.
Annually, NABJ pays homage to legendary black journalists
who have made outstanding contributions to the industry. Over the last 20
years, NABJ has inducted over 50 distinguished journalists into the
association’s Hall of Fame.
The NABJ Hall of Fame inductees were named by Board of Directors based on the recommendation of the Hall of Fame Committee chaired by NABJ Founder Maureen Bunyan, Evening News Anchor WJLA-TV.
The newest members are:
Betty Winston Bayé, Longtime Columnist, The
Courier-Journal (Louisville, Ky.)
Simeon Booker, First Black Reporter, The Washington Post
and Washington Bureau Chief, Jet Magazine
Alice Dunnigan, First Black Woman Credentialed to Cover
The White House, The State Department, and Congress (posthumous)
Sue Simmons, Longtime Anchorwoman, WNBC-TV
Wendell Smith, Legendary Sportswriter, Helped Desegregate
Cynthia Tucker, Pulitzer-Winning Columnist, The Atlanta
Betty Winston Bayé
For more than 25 years Betty Bayé worked as a reporter,
editor, and editorial page writer at The Courier-Journal in Louisville,
Kentucky. She was the only African-American editorial writer and columnist on
staff. The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism alumna is
well-regarded for her bold and insightful commentaries on race, equity and
justice, and African-American history and culture.
Simeon Booker made
history as the first African-American staff reporter at The Washington Post
after having completed a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University. Booker who
began his career at The Afro-American Newspapers would become best known for
his incisive coverage of the civil rights movement for Jet Magazine. Aside from
his coverage of this tumultuous time in history Booker was a brilliant political journalist reporting on every American president from Dwight D. Eisenhower to George W.
In the latter part of her life Alice Dunnigan wrote her
autobiography "A Black Woman's Experience: From Schoolhouse to White House”
which chronicled her life growing up in Kentucky, where she began her career as
a teacher. Later she would become a Washington correspondent for The Associated
Negro Press where her specializing in politics led her to become the first
African-American woman credentialed to cover The White House, the Congress, and
the State Department. Dunnigan also famously covered Harry Truman’s
Sue Simmons is an iconic anchorwoman whose career took
her from New Haven, to Baltimore, to Washington, DC before she headed home to
her native New York where she would anchor the evening news at WNBC-TV, NBC’s
flagship station for 32 years. Simmons’ poise, sophistication, sense of humor,
and quick wit made her a viewer favorite, and someone who a generation of black
broadcasters has sought to emulate.
began his career as a sportswriter writing for the Pittsburgh Courier. Later
his knowledge of baseball led him to be a scout for the Brooklyn Dodgers, and
Smith helped convince Brooklyn Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey that
Jackie Robinson should be the man to integrate baseball. Later he resumed his
journalism career and covered the White Sox for theChicago Sun-Times. Smith has
his own place in history as the first African-American member of BBWAA the
Baseball Writers’ Association of America.
Cynthia Tucker is
a veteran newspaper reporter would go on to become a columnist and editorial
page editor for The Atlanta-Journal Constitution. In 2007 she earned the
Pulitzer Prize one of journalism’s highest honors. In presenting the award the
Board said of Tucker’s work, "her courageous, clear-headed columns ... evince a strong sense of morality and
persuasive knowledge of the community.”
Tucker who was also NABJ's Journalist of the Year in 2006 now draws on
her extensive experience in the classroom. She is a Visiting Professor of
Journalism and the Charlayne Hunter-Gault Distinguished Writer-in-Residence in
the UGA Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.