Chicago Journalism Legends Dorothy Leavell, John White Inducted into NABJ Hall of Fame


NABJ Chicago proudly applauds Chicagoans Dorothy Leavell, Crusader Newspaper Group publisher and Pulitzer Prize-winning former Chicago Sun-Times photojournalist and photojournalism educator John H. White, who were inducted into the National Association of Black Journalists’ Hall of Fame on August 5. The pair joined nine other legendary journalists who received the honor this year:

  • Tony Brown, producer and host of “Tony Brown’s Journal,” the longest-running national Black-affairs TV series in history;
  • Charles Gerald Fraser, New York Times journalism pioneer and inspirational mentor for generations of reporters;
  • Monica Kaufman Pearson, the first African American and first woman to anchor a daily evening Atlanta television news broadcast;
  • Dori Maynard, president of the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education and advocate for diversity in American journalism;
  • Gil Noble, producer and host of WABC-TV’s iconic program, “Like It Is;”
  • Austin Long-Scott, who integrated the Associated Press full-time reporting staff and was a powerful Washington Post and Los Angeles times social justice writer and journalism educator;
  • Jacqueline Trescott, a compelling and ground-breaking writer for the Washington Post on the cultural life and achievements of African Americans;
  • Morrie Turner, creator of “Wee Pals”, the first syndicated comic strip with racially and ethnically diverse characters; and
  • L. Alex Wilson, courageous reporter of the Civil Rights Movement for Sengstacke Newspapers in the 1950s.

The NABJ Hall of Fame was created in 1990 when 10 distinguished historical journalists became its charter members. Since then, 53 of the nation’s top journalists have been inducted into the Hall.


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