Archive for December, 2016

24th KCABJ Media Awards Highlights
December 12, 2016

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KCABJ Media Awards for 2016
December 11, 2016


KCABJ Newsletter for December 2016
December 11, 2016

Media Awards
The Kansas City Association of Black Journalists on Dec. 10 honored three Kansas City area journalists and a broadcast station during the 24th KCABJ Media Awards. The ceremony took place at KMBC-TV, Channel 9.

Years of quality, accurate and affirming programming and news stories about African Americans and other people of color earned KKFI-FM the 2016 KCABJ Broadcast Community Service Award. About a half-dozen persons from KKFI, including Donna Wolfe, Marvita Oliver and Valerie Andruss, KKFI board president, accepted the award from KCABJ.

Cindy Hoedel is this year’s recipient of the 2016 KCABJ News Features Award for her compelling July 24, 2016, story in The Kansas City Star headlined, “I am: Raising a black child.”

KCABJ in a rare step in its 35-year history honored two Kansas City area journalists with its Lifetime Achievement Award. The select group of past KCABJ Lifetime Achievement Award recipients are Helen Gray, Geri Gosa, Anita Parran, Pete Wilkerson and J.W. Edwards. Added to that list were Bryan Busby and Lewis W. Diuguid.

Busby, meteorologist with KMBC-TV, Channel 9 since 1985 and now chief meteorologist at the station accepted the KCABJ Lifetime Achievement Award for his tireless service to KCABJ and the Greater Kansas City community. Busby has always spoken to students in the KCABJ journalism academy and has served as host, emcee and speaker at community events and schools metrowide.

Busby was inducted in the Kansas City Media Professionals Hall of Fame in 1991. In 2011 Busby won the American Meteorological Society National Television Meteorologist of the Year award.

Diuguid worked as a journalist at The Kansas City Star from May 1977 to October 2016. He received the KCABJ Lifetime Achievement Award for tireless work in the community and for KCABJ. He is a former vice president at The Star, a founding member of KCABJ and the author of two books — “A Teachers Cry: Expose the Truth about Education Today” and “Discovering the Real America: Toward a More Perfect Union.” He has been honored with more than 100 awards, including the Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism.

KCABJ’s 2017 Plans
KCABJ will meet in January to elect officers and determine the future of the organization. Layoffs and cutbacks at Kansas City area media companies have hurt the organization. People who attend the January meeting will determine the direction of KCABJ. Also, now is the time to pay your dues for 2017. You will find the membership application below.

Membership dues is due in January:

KCABJ Membership Application for 2016

Mail this application with your $35 check or money order to KCABJ, P.O. Box 32744, Kansas City, Mo. 64111. It covers your annual membership dues. Membership entitles you to receive the KCABJ monthly newsletter sent via email and emailed monthly meeting notices.



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