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NABJ Set to Honour Ed Bradley of CBS News, Posthumously
Ed Bradley, one of journalism's brightest stars, who died November 9, 2006, would be inducted into the Hall of Fame of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). Bradley, who is known mostly for the CBS News magazine - "60 Minutes", is being honoured posthumously for his achievements at CBS News, which spanned 39years, in which he reported on "CBS Evening News", "CBS News" and "60 Minutes".
Noted to be among the first black journalists to make a mark on national television, he is reputed for his keen interest in encouraging responsible journalism in the United States. He is recognized for his significant contribution of an annual $10,000 award, given each year in his name by the Radio and Television News Directors' Association to a promising minority journalist.
The Hall of Fame, scheduled to hold, January 27, at the Newseum in downtown Washington, D.C, is the highest honour of the NABJ. Along with Bradley, four other legendary journalists would also be inducted into the Hall of Fame, in recognition of their astounding contribution to the journalism profession:
Merri Dee of the WGN-TV Chicago, would be honoured, for her 30-year career in Chicago broadcasting, and her charitable efforts on behalf of children and victims' rights.
J. C. Hayward of the WUSA-TV Washington, would be honoured for holding the national record for a woman anchoring the same evening newscast at same station. She made her mark as a reporter and anchor of 39 years at WUSA-TV.
Eugene Robinson of The Washington Post, who won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for a selection of columns on the 2008 presidential campaign, would also be so honoured. A former assistant managing editor of The Washington Post, he also served as political analyst for MSNBC.
Ray Taliaferro of KGO Newstalk 810 San Francisco, who is reputed as the first balck talk show host on a major market radio station in the US, would also be mounting the dais. His outstanding performance and broadcast skills has made him literally own the Bay Area's overnight radio listening audience since 1986.
Over the last 20 years, NABJ has inducted more than 40 journalists including W.E.B DuBois, John H. Johnson, and Carole Simpson, into the esteemed Hall of Fame.
According to Kathy Times, President of NABJ: "These trailblazers in the industry have endured great challenges so that black journalists today can have more freedom and professional opportunities. As Black History Month approaches, we are proud to be the first event held at the Newsuem that solely recognizes the contributions of Black journalists in our industry."
The NABJ, would also be honouring Walterene Swanston of the National Public Radio, with the Ida B. Wells award. Walterene, a diversity consultant and retired director of diversity management for National Public Radio, is being honoured for her professional track record as a champion of media diversity spanning more than 25 years. The Ida B. Wells award recognizes the achievements of a media executive who has demonstrated a commitment to diversifying the nation's newsrooms and improving the coverage of people and communities of color.
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