On October 18, the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalist (PABJ) hosted its annual Awards Gala at WHYY Studios. This award show honors Philadelphia journalists and their outstanding achievements throughout the year. This year’s host were Dray Clark from ABC 7 in New York and Sharrie Williams from 6 ABC.
The honorees of the night included Tammy Evans-Colquitt, Ken Scott, Anzio Williams, Berlinda Garnett, and Barbara Grant.
Tammy Evans-Colquitt, founder of the Prep Institute and Image and Attitude won the Community Service Award for organizing a community that helps 17,000 low-income residents. Ken Scott also wont the Community Service Award for his development of resident units, through his company Beech Companies, not far from Temple University. Anzio Williams, news director at NBC 10. He was honored with the Impact Award for creating a diverse atmosphere at NBC. Berlinda Garnett, a Temple graduate was awarded Broadcast Journalist of the year for her distinguished investigation pieces at Fox 29 News. Finally, Barbara Grant was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Also commended for high achievements were Drexel University’s student Kianna James and Temple University’s student Devon Fonrose. They both received scholarships for their hard work within their school.
The purpose of this award show is to commend those who are actively working in the community and achieving high goals. It encourages young journalist in the Philadelphia area to give back to their community. Positivity and inspiration definitely filled the night.