NEW YORK CITY (April 19, 2013) – The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) announced that the New York Association of Black Journalists (NYABJ) is one of three finalists for NABJ’s Professional Chapter of the Year Award.

“We are honored to be recognized by NABJ as one of the top chapters in the organization,” said President Michael J. Feeney. “We have worked hard to revitalize the chapter and provide quality programming and activities, not only for our members but also for the community.”

Over the past year, the chapter has grown to more than 140 active members and has hosted numerous professional development, networking and community events. Keeping true to its purpose of honoring pioneers in journalism and grooming the next generation, the chapter has honored industry trailblazers such as former WNBC anchor Sue Simmons and has also hosted FIRST TAKE, a free eight-week high school journalism workshop that trains students in the tri-state area in reporting and producing stories in multimedia formats under the tutelage of NYC’s top journalists.

“This wouldn’t be possible without our dedicated members, supporters and of course, the entire executive board of NYABJ. We couldn’t have achieved this without you,” added Feeney, who is also a reporter for the New York Daily News.

Board members include: Cheryl Wills, V.P. of Broadcast and anchor for New York 1 News; Cyril Josh Barker, V.P. of Print and reporter for the New York Amsterdam News; Gabrielle Lee, Secretary and media strategist at Fleishman-Hillard, Christina Carrega, Deputy Secretary and reporter at the New York Post; Dwight Ostricher, Treasurer and copy editor at Dow Jones Newswires; Nekesa Moody, Deputy Treasurer and Global Entertainment and Lifestyles Editor at the Associated Press; Madison Joe Gray, Parliamentarian and home page producer at; and Wendy Wilson, Member-at-Large and News Editor at ESSENCE magazine.

The NABJ Chapter of the Year award is based on the accomplishments during the eligibility period. The criteria include, but are not limited to, the number of new members who joined the chapter and NABJ, and the chapter’s community activities and programs.