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Great grandson of Ida B. Wells to present special honor at NABJ awards gala

Also presenting NPR's Ed Gordon, NPR's Michele Norris, WJZ-TV Baltimore Anchor Vic Carter, Nightline's Michel Martin and past NABJ President Herbert Lowe

WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The great-grandson of Ida B. Wells -- the historic black journalist and 19th century anti-lynching crusader -- will co-present an award in her name to the 2005 winner at the NABJ's Salute to Excellence Gala on Oct. 15 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. Dan Duster, executive director of the Chicago-based Ida B. Wells Leadership Institute, will give the Wells award to Reginald Stuart, corporate recruiter for Knight Ridder. The Wells award recognizes media executives who have made outstanding efforts to ensure newsrooms more accurately reflect the diversity of the communities they serve.

"Journalism continues to be one of the most important jobs in America," Duster said. "I'm honored to be presenting."

Herbert Lowe, NABJ immediate past president and the judging committee chair, will be the other Wells award presenter. First bestowed in 1983, the award is named in honor of Wells who crusaded against lynching through her newspaper, The Free Speech and Headlight, in Memphis, Tenn. Today, a massive public housing complex in Chicago is named in her memory. Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism administers the award.

"The Ida B. Wells Award jurors have long been impressed with Reggie's tireless efforts to increase the number of journalists of color in our industry," said Lowe, Newsday court reporter. "He is well deserving and a true example of the crusading spirit of the icon for whom the award is named."

Along with Stuart, CBS' Ed Bradley will accept the Lifetime Achievement Award; Andy Alford, of the Austin American-Statesman, will receive the Journalist of the Year Award; Krissah Williams, of The Washington Post, will be awarded the Emerging Journalist Award; and the late Derek Ali will be honored with the 2005 Community Service Award.

The other award presenters include Ed Gordon and Michele Norris, both of NPR, Vic Carter of WJZ-TV (Baltimore) and Michel Martin of ABC's "Nightline." NABJ founder and WJLA-TV (Washington) anchor Maureen Bunyan will emcee. R&B/jazz vocalist Angela Bofill will perform following the awards ceremony. Hip-hop instrumental duo Black Violin will also perform.

"We are counting down the days to the big night," said NABJ Executive Director Tangie Newborn. "We will have a lot of great people under one roof. The gala is becoming one of Washington's premiere events."

More details about the event and how to purchase tickets:

Date:* October 15, 2005
* Where:* Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
2660 Woodley Road, N.W. Washington, D.C.
* Time:* 6 p.m. reception followed by dinner and program
* Attire:* Black Tie Optional
* Tickets:* $100 for full and associate members; $75 for student members
and $125 for non-members.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call the NABJ national office at (301) 445-7100, Order ticket(s) online https://web.memberclicks.com/mc/quickForm/viewForm.do?orgId=nabj&formId=9116

Source: National Association of Black Journalists

CONTACT: Lisa Goodnight of National Association of Black Journalists,
+1-301-445-7100 ext. 107, lisa@nabj.org

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