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NABJ Congratulates Member Rochelle Riley on National Headliner Award

Thursday, April 25, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Tiane Johnson
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 25, 2013)-- The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) congratulates longtime NABJ member Rochelle Riley for winning first place in the National Headliner Awards for "Local Interest Column on a Variety of Subjects." Riley is a columnist for the Detroit Free Press.

The National Headliner Awards honor the best in journalism in newspapers, photography, radio, television and online. The awards were founded in 1934 by the Press Club of Atlantic City. The annual contest is one of the oldest and largest in the country that recognizes journalistic merit in the communications industry. To read the complete list of winners, please visit here.

Riley has contributed greatly to NABJ's programs including serving as a mentor to journalism students in the association's annual Student Multimedia Project at the national convention. 

The Michigan Press Association has named Riley the state’s "Best Local Columnist" three times, and she has received top honors from the Michigan Press Foundation, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Scripps Howard National Journalism Awards.

A 12-year veteran of the Free Press and a 2008 Knight Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan, Riley has been an editor or reporter at The (Louisville) Courier-Journal, The Dallas Morning News, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and The Washington Post.

When asked about some fun facts about herself, Riley said she abandoned being a vegan because it meant not eating North Carolina barbecue and she still believes in Santa Claus.


An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation, and provides career development as well as educational and other support to its members worldwide. For more information, please visit

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