FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NEW YORK ASSOCIATION OF BLACK JOURNALISTS HOSTS
25TH ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP & AWARDS BANQUET
CBS News Correspondent Randall Pinkston will receive Lifetime Achievement Award and
chapter will pay tribute to late WNBC-TV journalist Bob Teague
NEW YORK CITY (May 9, 2012) – The New York Association of Black Journalists will recognize the work of New York City journalists, including special honors to veteran television journalists Randall Pinkston and the late Bob Teague, at its 25th Annual Scholarship and Awards Banquet. The sold-out event will take place May 14th at 6 p.m. at Time-Life. The evening, which will be hosted by with 1010 WINS anchor Larry Mullins and NY1 anchor Diana King, will benefit NYABJ’s college scholarship fund and musical entertainment will be provided by Rhonda Ross. Confirmed guests include: broadcasting legends Bill McCreary, Carol Jenkins and Norma Quarles.
“NYABJ is honored to present well-deserved awards to all of our winners and also recognize two luminaries in our field—Randall Pinkston and the late Bob Teague,” said NYABJ President Michael J. Feeney. “Most importantly, we are proud that proceeds from our event will go toward scholarships for two deserving high school students—Ashley Johnson and Jeremy Valle.” Both Johnson and Valle are high school seniors who excelled in NYABJ’s First Take student journalism program.
Since 1990, Pinkston has covered many major stories for CBS News, including the Freemen siege in Montana, the Unabomber story, the first anniversary of the Haiti earthquake, the final launch of NASA’s space shuttle Discovery, Tiger Woods’ return to the Masters Tournament, as well as the post-war reconstruction of Iraq from Baghdad. He also has reported on the war in Afghanistan from the front lines in Tora Bora and Jalalabad, the devastating earthquake in Turkey and the Albanian refugee crisis in Kosovo.
Pinkston is the recipient of three national Emmy Awards and two for local news coverage. In 1996, he received an Emmy for Outstanding Investigative Journalism for the documentary, “CBS Reports: Legacy of Shame.” He also won Emmy Awards for coverage of the death of Princess Diana in 1998 and for coverage of the TWA Flight 800 disaster in 1997.
Bob Teague, one of New York City’s first black television reporters, worked as a reporter, anchorman and producer at WNBC-TV for over 30 years. He was often sent into black neighborhoods during the 1960s as racial tensions swelled throughout the city and was the chief correspondent for “Harlem: Test for the North,” a documentary produced after riots broke out in the neighborhood in 1963. Shortly after being hired at WNBC, Teague was given his own weekly program, “Sunday Afternoon Report” and became a frequent replacement on NBC network news and sports programs.
Teague started his career in New York in 1956 as a radio news writer for CBS and later joined as a sports copy editor and reporter. Teague died in March at the age of 84.
Sponsors of the event include CNN, NBC 4 New York, Bloomberg, ConEdison, Essence, The Wall Street Journal and Morgan Stanley.
An advocacy group established in 1976, the New York Association of Black Journalists provides career development as well as educational and other support to its members and is an affiliate of NABJ, the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation.
Gabrielle M. Lee,