Black Journalists Group Selects Six Journalists to be Inducted into Hall of Fame


    Oct. 2, 2012 16:50 UTC

    Black Journalists Group Selects Six Journalists to be Inducted into
    Hall of Fame

    The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) announces its
    selection of six journalists for induction into its Hall of Fame in a
    ceremony to be held at The Newseum in Washington, DC on January 17,
    2013, during?Inauguration Week Festivities.

    Annually, NABJ pays homage to legendary black journalists who have made
    outstanding contributions to the industry. Over the last 20 years, NABJ
    has inducted over 50 distinguished journalists into the association’s
    Hall of Fame.

    “These six journalists have had barrier breaking careers which have
    allowed them to tell compelling stories about everyday acts, ordinary
    lives, and historic times,” said NABJ President Gregory Lee.

    The newest members are:

    Betty Winston Bay?

    For more than 25 years Betty Bay? worked as a reporter, editor, and
    editorial page writer at The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Kentucky.
    She was the only African-American editorial writer and columnist on

    Simeon Booker

    Simeon Booker made history as the first African-American staff reporter
    at The Washington Post. Booker who began his career at The Afro-American
    Newspapers would become best known for his incisive coverage of the
    Civil Rights movement for Jet Magazine.

    Alice Dunnigan

    In the latter part of her life Alice Dunnigan wrote her autobiography “A
    Black Woman’s Experience: From Schoolhouse to White House.” She was a
    Washington correspondent for The Associated Negro Press where her
    specializing in politics led her to become the first African-American
    woman credentialed to cover The White House, the Congress, and the State
    Department. Dunnigan also famously covered Harry Truman’s presidential

    Sue Simmons

    Sue Simmons is an iconic anchorwoman whose career took her from New
    Haven, to Baltimore, to Washington, DC before she headed home to her
    native New York where she would anchor the evening news at WNBC-TV,
    NBC’s flagship station for 32 years.

    Wendell Smith

    Wendell Smith began his career as a sportswriter writing for the
    Pittsburgh Courier. Later his knowledge of baseball led him to be a
    scout for the Brooklyn Dodgers, and Smith helped convince Brooklyn
    Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey that Jackie Robinson should be the
    man to integrate baseball. Later he resumed his journalism career and
    covered the White Sox for the Chicago Sun-Times. Smith has his own place
    in history as the first African-American member of BBWAA the Baseball
    Writers’ Association of America.

    Cynthia Tucker

    Cynthia Tucker is a veteran newspaper reporter would go on to become a
    columnist and editorial page editor for The Atlanta-Journal
    Constitution. In 2007 she earned the Pulitzer Prize one of journalism’s
    highest honors.

    additional information on the NABJ Hall of Fame visit here.

    An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C. NABJ is the
    largest organization of journalists of color in the nation and provides
    educational, career development and support to black journalists


    National Association of Black Journalists
    Aprill O. Turner, (301)

    Source: National Association of Black Journalists