Bernard “Bernie” Shaw retired from CNN in 2001 after being the face of the cable network since its inception in 1980. During that time, Shaw commanded the anchor desk and boldly steered the national conversation even when taking on positions of adversity. He is also remembered for his reporting on the 1991 Gulf War. With cruise missiles ying by, Shaw and two of his fellow corre-spondents delivered information while sheltering under a desk in Baghdad. Shaw moderated the October 2000 vice-presidential debate between Dick Cheney and Joe Lieberman. From 1992 until his retirement, Shaw anchored CNN’s Inside Politics. The venerable anchorman began his career in Chicago at WNUS TV, and then later joined CBS News and ABC news, becoming its Capitol Hill Senior Correspondent.
A respected reporter from the civil rights era, Moses Newson risked his life covering some of the most notable events of the time. These events included the Emmett Till murder trial, school desegregation in Little Rock and the 1961 Freedom Rides. In 1952 Newson’s rst job as a reporter came at the Tri-State Defender in Memphis. Newson left the Tri-State Defender for the Baltimore Afro-American, where he would be a reporter, city editor and ultimately executive editor for the nal 10 of his 21 years at the newspaper. Newsom later left journalism to become a public affairs specialist for what was to become the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. After working for the government for 17 years, Newson retired at age 68. He was inducted into the Maryland-Delaware-District of Columbia Press Association in 2008.
Zelda Ormes (posthumous)
Zelda “Jackie” Ormes was an African-American newspaper writer and cartoonist. On May 1, 1937, Ormes created her earliest cartoon. It was an action, romance, and soap opera comic featuring a Black heroine named Torchy Brown. Ormes modeled some cartoon characters after herself as intelligent, beautifully dressed and coiffed females, appearing and speaking out in ways that deed stereotyped images of blacks in the mainstream press. In 1942, Ormes went to work for the Chicago Defender in a non-artistic position. She was also on the board of directors of the DuSable Museum of African-American History and Art. Ormes’ strips were syndicated in Black newspapers across the country, making her the only nationally syndicated Black woman cartoonist until the 1990s.
Lee Thornton (posthumous)
In 1977, Frances Lee Thornton became the rst African-American woman to cover the White House regularly for CBS, and later taught journalism and was an administrator at the University of Maryland. Dr. Thornton, whose degree was in radio, television and lm studies, began her ca-reer in academia before entering broadcast journalism in the early 1970s. She joined CBS News in 1974 and, from 1977 to 1981, covered the Carter White House. She began teaching journal-ism at Howard University in the 1980s and took a sabbatical in the early 1990s to produce public affairs shows at CNN, including “Both Sides with Jesse Jackson.” In 1997, she joined the Universi-ty of Maryland’s College of Journalism as the rst holder of the Richard Eaton Chair in Broadcast Journalism. She was interim dean of the journalism school in 2008-09 and later served as interim associate provost for equity and diversity at the University.
2014 Ida B. Wells Award Winner - Sheila Solomon
Sheila Solomon dedicated her life to the developing the careers of journalists of color and bringing diversity to the journalism industry. Currently, she serves as an adjunct professor at Columbia College in Chicago. She is best known as the Cross Media Editor and Senior Editor for Recruitment at The Chicago Tribune. As a manager, one of her most noted contributions was educating and recruiting many journalists of color through Tribune’s Minority Editorial Training Program (METPRO). She served as a Tribune Company liaison with Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Solomon was one of the rst journalists of color at The Newport News Daily Press and served as staff development editor. Solomon was also inducted into the Hampton University Journalism and Communications School Hall of Fame in the fall of 2012.