WASHINGTON, DC (June 15, 2012) – The National Association of Black Journalists salutes Sue Simmons, a pioneering black journalist who over the course of her 40-year career has helped pave the way for generations of black broadcasters. Simmons signs off tonight as co-anchor of "News 4 New York at 11" after 32 years at WNBC, NBC Universal's flagship local television station.
Over the course of her career Simmons has helped deliver the news to generations of residents in the #1 news market in the country, anchoring coverage of some of the most important stories affecting a diverse city where local news is national news. She helped anchor coverage of the election of New York's first African-American mayor, the World Trade Center bombing, the war on drugs throughout the 1990s, and of course the 9-11
Attacks. She has of course been there as New Yorkers celebrated happier times such as Yankees championships, though she is a Mets fan. Her work has garnered her four Emmy Awards but also the respect, admiration, and affection of millions of viewers, and her colleagues in the journalism industry. Before returning home to her native New York Simmons reported and anchored in New Haven, Connecticut and Washington, D.C.
"New Yorkers are fortunate that Sue Simmons has been part of WNBC's starting lineup for so many years and knocked it out of the park night after night," said NABJ President Gregory Lee, Jr. "Our industry has benefited from her example. Her intelligence, poise, grace, and confidence are why she has modeled for so many anchors and reporters how to ably present the news."
NABJ wishes Simmons well in her retirement.
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.