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NABJ Special Honors Award Winners 2011

Stacey Tisdale
Community Service Award

Tisdale has reported on business and financial issues for more than 15 years. A financial expert, she appears on NBC's Today Show and reports for Need to Know, a weekly national broadcast on PBS. Tisdale is also a contributor to, a website for women.

Tisdale is being honored for what began as a six-year study of financial behavior. Read more...

Kimberley Martin
Emerging Journalist of the Year

Kimberley A. Martin of Newsday is this year's Emerging Journalist Award recipient. Martin has been with Newsday since November 2007. As a sports reporter, she has covered everything from major league baseball to professional football, and even NASCAR.

"I am honored to win such a prestigious award. To know that my colleagues value my work is as rewarding an honor as I could imagine, " said Martin. Read more...

Bonnie Newman Davis
Journalism Educator of the Year

Bonnie Newman Davis, an associate professor of journalism at Virginia Commonwealth University’s (VCU) School of Mass Communications, has been selected as this year's Journalism Educator of the Year.

"Bonnie Newman Davis has challenged her students to stay true to the principles of journalism ... her classrooms are like newsrooms, there are no shortcuts,” said NABJ’s Region II Director, Charles Robinson. Read more...

Jacqueline Charles
Journalist of the Year

A local reporter who is having an international impact, the Miami Herald’s Caribbean Correspondent Jacqueline Charles is this year's Journalist of the Year.

"Jacquie tells stories that are often overlooked,” said NABJ President Kathy Y. Times. "Jacquie’s work embodies NABJ’s mission, heart, and soul.” Read more...

Claire Smith
Legacy Award

Pioneering sports journalist Claire Smith of ESPN has written about sports for over 25 years, for the Philadelphia Bulletin, Hartford Courant, New York Times, and Philadelphia Inquirer. She is also this year's Legacy Award winner.

Commissioner of Baseball Bowie Kuhn, who once fought to keep women sports writers out of major league clubhouses, later called Smith, "the best baseball writer in America." Read more...

Acel Moore
Lifetime Achievement Award

Acel Moore is a legendary columnist, writer and senior editor, who has had an amazing impact on American journalism for more than 50 years. He is one of the illustrious founders of NABJ, and will receive this year's Lifetime Achievement Award.

"Acel has had an impressive career in journalism, spanning decades and achieving distinction at the highest levels," said NABJ President Kathy Y. Times. "He is most deserving of our organization's highest honor." Read more...

Sheila Brooks
Pat Tobin Media Professional Award

Sheila Brooks, an Emmy-award winning journalist, entrepreneur, and dedicated advocate for minority and women’s issues and small businesses will receive the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), inaugural Patricia L. Tobin Media Professional Award.

There is not a better fit for this award. Sheila Brooks embodies the namesake of this award, Pat Tobin, to a tee,” said Aprill O. Turner, NABJ associate member representative and founder of the award. Read more...

Ashley Williams
Student Journalist of the Year

Ashley Williams, a senior at USC, has had internship experiences with People magazine and NBC's Dateline, Nightly News and The Today Show. She served as president of Annenberg's Black Student Association, and frequently contributes to The Huffington Post.

"NABJ is extremely proud to honor Ashley with this award," said Lisa Cox, NABJ's Region VI Director. Read more...

Jean-Claude Kavumbagu
Percy Qoboza Foreign Journalist

Jean-Claude Kavumbagu, a Burundian internet journalist, is the director of the Burundian internet agency Net Press. Having been jailed on multiple occasions for speaking out about issues such as corruption in government, Kavumbagu exemplifies the brave spirit all journliasts should strive to embody. He is this year's Foreign Journalist of the Year.

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