Hall of Fame Induction

January 16, 2014

Herb Boyd

Maureen Bunyan

Ernest Dunbar

Moses Newson

Jay Harris

Zelda Ormes

Bernard Shaw Lee Thornton

Sheila Solomon

2014 Ida B. Wells Award Winner

555 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC

The Newseum

Reception: 6:30 p.m. Ceremony: 8:00 p.m.

For tickets and more information, visit www.NABJ.org

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is proud to announce the 2014 Hall of Fame inductees. The eight will be honored at the 2014 Hall of Fame Induction and Reception, held on Thursday, January 16, at The Newseum in Washington, D.C. Each year NABJ honors renowned African-American journalists who have made outstanding contributions to the industry. The paths they have paved make the work of NABJ and all of our member journalists possible. Since 1990, NABJ has inducted 55 distinguished journalists into the Association’s Hall of Fame.

Herb Boyd

Herb Boyd has authored or edited 22 books, including the recent Civil Rights: Yesterday & Today. His book Baldwin’s Harlem was finalist for a 2009 NAACP Image Award. In 1995, with Robert Allen, he received an American Book Award for Brotherman--The Odyssey of Black Men in America. We Shall Overcome, a media-fusion book with narration by Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, is used in classrooms around the world, as is his Autobiography of a People and The Harlem Reader. Boyd credits his meeting Malcolm X in 1958 as inspiration: “[He] set me on the path to become the writer-activist I am, to try to live up to the very ennobling things that he represented.” Among the highlights of his journalism career was an invitation to fly on Air Force One with President Obama, whom he has interviewed several times.

Maureen Bunyan

Maureen Bunyan is a veteran television news broadcaster and a primary anchor for ABC 7. Named a “Washingtonian of the Year” in 1992, Ms. Bunyan has an extensive record of service to the community. She is a founder and board member of the International Women’s Media Foundation, which serves women in the media in 100 countries. She is a founder of the National Association of Black Journalists. She also serves on several other boards of national and local institutions and organizations. She has been awarded seven local Emmys and the “Ted Yates Award,” given by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences to Washington, DC news broadcasters who are leaders in the profession. She was named “Journalist of the Year” by the National Association of Black Journalists in 1990. She received the annual “Immigrant Achievement Award” from the American Immigration Law Foundation in 2002.

Ernest Dunbar (posthumous)

Ernest Dunbar was a globetrotting journalist who made his mark as the first black reporter at Look magazine in 1954. After graduate work in journalism at Northwestern, he became assistant editor at Look in 1958 and senior editor in 1959 and held that post until the magazine closed in 1971. Dunbar was one of the first black reporters at any mainstream national publication. The prolific writer also wrote and edited books, including The Black Expatriates: A Study of American Negroes in Exile (1968 book he edited), and Nigeria (1974). He also free-lanced for Reader’s Digest, New York Times Magazine, Redbook, and Saturday Review, and served as president of Black Perspectives, a 1960s New York group that predated the National Association of Black Journalists.

Jay Harris

Jay T. Harris holds the Wallis Annenberg Chair in Journalism and Democracy at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California where he joined the faculty in October 2002. Harris is one of three persons holding the rank of Presidential Professor at Santa Clara University where he also teaches. He also serves as the founding director of The Center for the Study of Journalism and Democracy. From 1994 to 2001 Harris was chairman and publisher of the San Jose Mercury News. During his seven years as publisher the paper rose to national prominence for the quality of its journalism. He also made the Mercury News a national pioneer in multi-cultural publishing in one of the nation’s most diverse cities. During his years as publisher the newspaper posted record profits and built one of the industry’s most diverse staff and management teams.

Moses Newson

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 first 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 final 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 defied 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.

Bernard Shaw

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 flying by, Shaw and two of his fellow correspondents 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.

Lee Thornton (posthumous)

In 1977, Frances Lee Thornton became the first 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 film studies, began her career 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 journalism 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 University of Maryland’s College of Journalism as the first 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 first 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.

Ida B. Wells Award
Every year, the National Association of Black Journalists and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University jointly award this prestigious honor to a media executive or manager who has made outstanding efforts to make newsrooms and news coverage more accurately reflect the diversity of their communities. The award is named in honor of the distinguished journalist, fearless reporter, and wife of one of Americas earliest black publishers. Wells was "editor and proprietor" of the Memphis Free Speech and Headlight. She told her male co-founders she would not help launch the newspaper unless she was made "equal to them." In the late 19th century, Wells won acclaim on two continents for her fearless crusade against lynching. She championed an integrated society and urged black Americans to seek their rightful share of the jobs in the new industrial age. Today a massive public housing complex in Chicago is named in her memory. First bestowed in 1983, the Wells award itself consists of a bust with a specific notation of the act or actions being recognized. Professors at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University serve as co-curators. Sam Adams, the longtime University of Kansas journalism professor and civil rights movement reporter, founded the award, formerly administered the awards. NABJ and the Medill School of Journalism are proud to announce the recipient of the 2014 Ida B. Wells is Sheila Solomon for her dedication to educating and mentoring aspiring journalists of color as well as promoting diversity at the major news outlets where she worked. Previous Ida B. Wells recipients include: • • • • • • • • • • Sam Adams Mervin Aubespin James K. Batten Barry Bingham, Jr. Frank A. Blethen Bobbi Bowman Don Browne Daniel B. Burke Steve Capus Shelby Coffey, III • • • • • • • • • • Johnita P. Due Michael Fields Albert Fitzpatrick Loren Ghiglione Donald Graham Jay T. Harris Timothy M. Kelly Donald Lawrence, Jr. Wanda Lloyd Reid MacCluggage • • • • • • • • • Paula Madison Allen H. Neuharth Richard Prince John C. Quinn Gerald M. Sass Virgil Smith Reggie Stuart Walterene Swanston David Yarnold

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