NEW ORLEANS (August 16, 2017) – The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) bestowed more than 100 awards at its 42nd Annual Convention and Career Fair from Aug. 9-13 in New Orleans, Louisiana. nabj inducted four veteran journalists into its 2017 Hall of Fame on Friday and announced the winners of the nabj Salute to Excellence (STE) and Special Honors awards on Aug. 12.
April Ryan, American Urban Radio Network correspondent and White House Press corps icon, was among the honorees and recognized with the 2017 nabj Journalist of the Year Award at the STE ceremony.
“I think of Shirley Chisholm and what she said. ‘If you don’t have a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.’ I am so thankful every day I have a folding chair in that briefing room,” Ryan said. “I need each and every one of you not to hug me, but to pray for me. When I’m under attack it’s not just me, it’s all of us.”
Yvette Miley, senior vice president for MSNBC and NBC News, received the association’s Chuck Stone Lifetime Achievement Award. “This lifetime achievement award doesn’t happen without people like you. It is not just about me, it about us,” she said upon accepting her honor.
Miley was preceded by New York Times columnist Charles Blow, who delivered the evening’s keynote address. He emphasized the significance of an organization like nabj and the journalists it honors.