FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 3, 2022
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PHILADELPHIA, PA (October 3, 2022) The Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists (PABJ) will honor extraordinary journalism, communications and community standouts at its annual Awards and Scholarship Gala, Saturday, November 12 2022.
The awards for exemplary reporting, media management, and community activism will be presented by PABJ, the nation’s oldest association of journalists of color, during a gala ceremony at Quorum - University City Science Center at 3675 Market St STE 400, Philadelphia, PA 19104. The gala is from 6 to 10:00 p.m. with the reception beginning at 6. The award ceremony starts at 7:15 p.m.
The 2022 PABJ Award honorees:
Veteran Anchor Rick Williams will receive the 2022 Broadcast Journalist of the Year Award. Rick has kept 6abc viewers informed for more than 30 years as an anchor and reporter.In January of this year, he assumed his role as anchor of Action News at 11 p.m.
NBC10 Philadelphia/WCAU and Telemundo62/WWSI, President and General Manager Ric Harris will receive the PABJ Impact Award for his work to positively impact diversity in newsrooms and coverage affecting African Americans or Black people of African descent.
Ronald Gray will receive the Visual Journalist of the Year Award. As a photographer and freelance photojournalist, Ronald captures the beauty, community, challenges, culture and love of the Black community.
Scott Charles is being honored with the PABJ Community Service Award for his tireless efforts to address victim trauma as a key to ending gun violence. As the trauma outreach manager at Temple University Hospital, Charles’ primary duties are to oversee Temple’s violence prevention and intervention initiatives, along with victim assistance.
Jos Duncan Asé will receive the Trailblazer Award. As the Founder, Executive Producer & Publisher of Love Now Media, an empathy-centered media company that uses storytelling to amplify acts of love at the intersection of social justice, wellness, and equity, she uses her voice and her platforms to empower diverse communities to create and tell their own stories.
“It is always an honor to celebrate the members of our community who make it their priority to tell the stories of Black people,” says Haniyyah Sharpe-Brown, PABJ 2022 Awards Chair. “Each of the 2022 honorees represent what is possible when you are committed to changing the narrative of our community with intentionality and purpose.”
“This year’s honorees reflect a range of talent that highlights triumph in the midst of radical societal change,” says PABJ President Ernest Owens. “After a year of industry reshifts and resets, this year’s gala will be the well-deserved celebration of Black journalists and media professionals in our region.”