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NABJ Founder/Past President, USA Today Columnist DeWayne Wickham Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Friday, March 09, 2012   (0 Comments)
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 9, 2012) 
- DeWayne Wickham, a founder and past president of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), will receive the organization's Lifetime Achievement Award, one of the organization's highest honors. Wickham was selected by the NABJ Board of Directors at its winter meeting. 

In addition to being a founding member of NABJ, the current USA Today columnist also founded the Association of Black Media Workers, the NABJ chapter in Baltimore. He assisted in the creation of professional chapters in both Greensboro, N.C., and Norfolk, Va. 

Wickham also founded NABJ student chapters at Delaware State University and North Carolina A&T State University, the latter at which he currently serves as distinguished professor of journalism and interim chair of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication. 

 "DeWayne has had an impressive career in journalism and he has achieved distinction at the highest levels. He is a true giant in our profession," said NABJ President Gregory Lee Jr. "Founder Wickham has touched our organization on so many levels, and we have all benefited from his commitment and dedication. He is most deserving of this honor."  Wickham will be honored with others at the association's Salute to Excellence Gala on June 23 during NABJ's 37th Annual Convention and Career Fair in New Orleans. 

 "I am humbled by NABJ's judgment that the work I've done as a journalist over the past 39 years merits this special honor. Since its founding in 1975, NABJ has been a second family for me. And so, I can think of no greater capstone to my career than to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from an organization I love so deeply," Wickham said.  

Wickham began his journalism career in 1973 as a weekend intern with Baltimore's Evening Sun, while majoring in journalism at the University of Maryland. He has worked as a copy editing intern at the Richmond Times-Dispatch; a Capitol Hill correspondent for U.S. News & World Report; a reporter for The (Baltimore) Sun, and Washington correspondent for Black Enterprise magazine. He later worked as a commentator for CBS News appearing on various programs.  

Wickham is also a founder of the Trotter Group, a group of African American opinion writers who has met with presidents Clinton and Obama, and traveled to Cuba and the Caribbean to report on conditions there. 

 "DeWayne continues to be an insightful columnist looking at issues that impact African Americans. He continues to offer support to fellow journalists as they navigate the difficult times in our industry," NABJ Founder Sandra Long said. "Through his vision as a founder of NABJ and of the Trotter Group, his legacy will continue to be felt for decades to come." 

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.

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