NYABJ Announces Winners for its Black Excellence Awards

During the  2nd Annual Juneteenth Gala

NEW YORK (June 20, 2023) —  The New York Association of Black Journalists is pleased to announce the winners of its 2023 Black Excellence Awards.

The awards program honored excellence in journalism coverage of people, issues, and developments in African-American and African Diaspora communities in the Greater New York City area.

“We congratulate all the winners for Black Excellence Awards. We are especially thankful to our host CBS News, Michelle Miller and NBC News Craig Melvin for being our hosts for the evening. Tonight was about honoring journalists and also raising money for our organization and its many programs including First Take, our high school program,” NYABJ President Bonita Sostre said.

The highly anticipated event was well-attended by the who’s who in the media. NYABJ would also like to thank its sponsors CBS News, Bloomberg News, ABC News, Tasmanian Vodka, Shinju Japanese Whiskey and our DJ Mike Major.

Here is the list of Black Excellence Awards Winners:

Gwen Ifill Award for Excellence in News Reporting

  • “CBS Sunday Morning: American Tragedy?” — CBS News

Stuart Scott Award for Excellence in Sports Reporting

  • “Fisk Gymnastics Feature” — CBS Sports

Ida B. Wells Award for Excellence in Print Journalism

  • “Wells Fargo Rejected Half Its Black Applicants in Mortgage Refinancing Boom” —Bloomberg News

Rhonesha Byng Award for Excellence in Podcast/Radio Program

  • “Beyond Black History Month” — 1010 WINS/WCBS Newsradio 880

Ed Bradley Award for Excellence in Investigative Reporting

  • “Suffer the Children” — The New Amsterdam News, Blacklight Investigative Unit

Max Robinson Award for Excellence in Local TV Reporting

  • “Black History of New York: Before Central Park, There Was Seneca Village” — Kay Angrum, NBC New York/WNBC-TV

Gordon Parks Award for Excellence in Photojournalism

  • “X/onerated: The Murder of Malcolm X and 55 Years to Justice” — ABC News’ “Soul of a Nation”

For questions about the awards program or gala, email Bonita Sostre at

The New York Association of Black Journalists is a chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists, the world’s largest trade group for journalists of color.  Founded in 1976, the chapter is a nonprofit that advocates for diversity in newsrooms and fair coverage of communities of color and provides journalism training and support for media professionals in the Greater New York area.