WGBH News and Media Relations


August 25, 2017

WGBH News Honored with Two NABJ Awards

Basic Black, investigative reporting earn Salute to Excellence


BOSTON, August 25, 2017 – WGBH News was recognized with top honors in the Television Public Affairs and Radio News categories at the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Conference, held August 9-13 in New Orleans. The winners were announced at a gala celebration during NABJ's 42nd annual Convention and Career Fair, the largest annual gathering for journalists of color in the country. The annual NABJ Salute to Excellence Awards honor work from print, television, radio, online, photojournalism and public relations.

Callie Crossley, host of WGBH’s Under the Radar with Callie Crossley and a weekly commentator on WGBH's Morning Edition, and Valerie Linson, former WGBH executive producer, won for Basic Black: Celebrating a Prince, a Queen, and a General in the Television Public Affairs: Interview/Discussion, Top 15 Markets category. The show episode profiles prolific artist Prince Rogers Nelson, superstar singer Beyoncé “Queen Bey" Knowles and abolitionist hero “General” Harriet Tubman, exploring the lives, losses and triumphs for all three icons and considering what their legacies say about culture, race and mainstream recognition.

Phillip Martin, WGBH News senior investigative reporter, and Aaron Schachter, editor, received honors for “Brookline’s liberal reputation reeling from racism charges within police department” in the Radio News: Long Form, Top 15 Markets category. The report shed light on the racial tensions within the Brookline, Mass. police department following allegations of racial harassment by two of the force’s police officers.

"This year's winners demonstrate the breadth of coverage and deep expertise of our newsroom," said Kate Zachry, WGBH News Director. "From Callie and Basic Black's timely tribute to great cultural leaders, used as a vehicle to discuss issues concerning communities of color today, to Phillip and Aaron's investigation of racial tensions within our own municipal departments, providing a lens through which to examine race relations across the city, this work is critical to advancing important conversations in our government and community."

WGBH was nominated for a total of six NABJ Awards.

About WGBH News

WGBH News is among the fastest growing local news providers in greater Boston and draws on the talent of a multi-platform newsroom that includes 89.7 WGBH, Boston’s Local NPR, television and digital reporting. The WGBH newsroom continues to invest in substantive local coverage and has established dedicated desks for innovation, higher education and politics as well as unique partnerships to expand on that commitment, including with WNYC’s The Takeaway, PRI’s The World, the New England Center for Investigative Reporting, and The GroundTruth Project.


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