The Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists has released its list of 2018 Honorees, recognizing six extraordinary journalism, communications and community standouts.
The awards recognize exemplary reporting, media management and community service performed while maintaining a commitment to diverse coverage, hiring and community empowerment. They will be presented during an annual Awards and Scholarship Gala ceremony at WHYY Studios on Oct. 27, 2018.
This year’s ceremony also celebrates PABJ’s 45th anniversary and honors the organization’s pioneers, including journalism luminaries Acel Moore, Edie Huggins, Chuck Stone, Claude Lewis, and Trudy Haynes. Action News Reporter-Anchor, Jeannette Reyes and CBS 3 Sports Director, Don Bell will co-host the Gala.
The 2018 PABJ honorees include:
- Vincent Thompson III, who is receiving PABJ’s 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award for his work as journalist on the front lines of Philadelphia’s important stories during the span of his career in the city. Thompson is a WURD Radio host and owner of Thompson Mediaman Communications.
- Leslie Foster, who is receiving PABJ’s 2018 Impact Award for advocating fair, balanced and inclusive coverage of issues, people and events that impact people in communities that are often missed, marginalized, misunderstood or considered inconsequential. She is a News Assignment Manager at 6abc television.
- Angela P. Dodson, who is receiving PABJ’s Trailblazer Award for her courageous vigilance in clearing the path, and breaking barriers for women and people of color in the journalism industry. Angela is a long-time journalist and a former editor at the New York Times and Essence magazine.
- Lorene Cary, who is receiving PABJ’s 2018 Community Service Award for her long-time efforts to shine a spotlight on African-American arts and culture, build community through their exploration, and create stories that enlighten and unite. Lorene is the author of Black Ice and founder of the Art Sanctuary in Philadelphia.
- Glenn Ellis Sr., who is receiving PABJ’S 2018 Community Service Award for keeping the medical profession ethically honest in its treatment of African-Americans and other historically disenfranchised people, and protecting their right to expert health care. Glenn is a medical ethicist, researcher and president of Strategies for Well-Being LLC.
- Evon Burton, who is receiving the 2018 Media Professional Award for his public relations and community work on behalf of people living with HIV/AIDS, and for promoting the good works of charitable nonprofits. Evon is the marketing and outreach supervisor at Philadelphia FIGHT Community Health Centers.
“We are honored to continue celebrating excellence in journalism and community service,” said Melony Roy, PABJ president. “And we are proud to salute the journalists who saw a need to form PABJ and advocate for inclusive hiring of Black journalists and balanced coverage of stories that impacted Black people in various communities.”