NABJ Awards LA Times’ Gerrick Kennedy,?Emerging Journalist of the Year


    March 19, 2012 17:27 UTC

    NABJ Awards LA Times’ Gerrick Kennedy,?Emerging Journalist of the Year

    The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) announces the
    selection of the Los Angeles Times’ Gerrick Kennedy as this year’s
    Emerging Journalist of the Year Award recipient, selected by the NABJ
    Board of Directors at its winter meeting. Kennedy is one of several
    honorees who will be recognized this summer at NABJ’s 37th Annual
    Convention and Career Fair, the largest annual gathering of minority
    journalists in the country.

    A “NABJ Baby,” Kennedy is now an award-winning journalist and blogger.
    He began at the Los Angeles Times in 2009 as an intern and contributed
    to both the metro and online entertainment teams as part of the paper’s
    Metpro training program. He is currently a music reporter for the paper
    where he covers pop, R&B/soul and hip-hop. He has interviewed some of
    music’s biggest stars including Sean “Diddy” Combs, Brandy, Monica,
    Drake, Mary J. Blige, Kelly Clarkson, Usher, Rodney Jerkins, Nicki Minaj
    and Lil Wayne. Kennedy also contributed greatly to the coverage of the
    recent death of Whitney Houston.

    “I’m honored and humbled to receive such a prestigious award. As someone
    who has benefited from both NABJ’s Student Projects and the New York
    Times Student Institute it means a great deal to me that this
    organization and my peers value my work and have selected me for such an
    incredible honor,” Kennedy said.

    An Ohio native, he earned a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from
    The Ohio State University, where he served as the editor, managing
    editor and Arts & Life editor of The Lantern, OSU’s student newspaper.

    Kennedy was also a founding member of the campus chapter of the National
    Association of Black Journalists.

    “I have watched Gerrick grow since the start of his career. NABJ is
    fortunate to have played a role in his development as a young
    journalist. I look forward to his continued contributions to our
    industry and know that he will be both a role model and inspiration for
    others,” said NABJ President Gregory Lee Jr.

    His prior honors include the Joseph S. Meyers award in journalism in
    2008 and the Robert F. Wolfe journalism merit award in 2009. In
    addition, he won best college featuring writing by the Ohio Society of
    Professional Journalists in 2009 for his reporting on efforts in New
    Orleans to rebuild the city’s education system following Hurricane

    Kennedy and other honorees will be celebrated at the association’s
    Salute to Excellence Gala, to be held June 23 in New Orleans.

    An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is
    the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation, and
    provides career development as well as educational and other support to
    its members worldwide, visit our website at


    The National Association of Black Journalists
    Aprill O. Turner,

    Source: The National Association of Black Journalists