The Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists (PABJ) held their annual award ceremony on Saturday.
The yearly ceremony recognizes individuals who show exemplary reporting skills, community involvement, as well as strong diversity in their respective line of work in coverage, hiring, and empowerment.
The 2018 PABJ Award recipients are as follows :
WURD Radio host Vincent Thompson III received the 2018 PABJ Lifetime AchievementAward. Thompson was recognized for his “behind the headlines” way of reporting, and his “front-line” reporting style. Thompson also owns the Thompson Mediaman Communications organization.
Leslie Foster received the 2018 PABJ Impact Award for her “balanced and inclusive coverage of issues, people, and events.” Her work is accented by her own personal impact on communities that are underprivileged. Foster currently is the News Assignment Manager at Channel 6 Action News and has worked inside the 6ABC Family for 22 years.
Journalist Angela Dodson received the 2018 PABJ Trailblazer Award. The PABJ stated that “her courageous vigilance in clearing the path, and breaking barriers for women of and people of color” makes her more than deserving of the honor. Dodson previously has worked as an editor for the New York Times and Essence magazine.
Lorene Cary received the PABJ 2018 Community Service Award for her “longtime efforts to shine a spotlight on African American arts and culture, and to build community through exploration.” Cary is the founder of the Arts Sanctuary of Philadelphia.
Glenn Ellis Sr. received PABJ’S 2018 Community Service Award for “keeping the medical profession ethically honest in its treatment of African Americans.” Ellis was praised for helping out protect the rights of African Americans for proper health care. Ellis Sr. is the president of Strategies for Well-Being LLC.
Evon Burton received the PABJ 2018 Media Professional Award for “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.
In a press release, PABJ President Melony Roy praised the organization’s efforts and their impact on the community.
“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 the inclusive hiring of Black journalists and balanced coverage of stories that impacted Black people in various communities.