WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Association of Black Journalists announced at its spring Board of Directors meeting that Paul Delaney will be honored with the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Delaney will join other top honorees at the association’s Salute to Excellence Gala, on July 31 in San Diego, during NABJ’s 35th Annual Convention and Career Fair, the largest gathering of minority journalists in the country.
“I never anticipated anything like this. I’m pleased to receive this honor from the organization I love,” said Delaney.
“Paul has had an impressive career in journalism, spanning decades and achieving distinction at the highest levels,” said Kathy Y. Times, NABJ President. “Paul is a role model and has set the standard for excellence in our profession; a true giant, he has paved the way for many others that follow behind him.”
Delaney is recognized as one of the most prominent journalists of African-American heritage in the world. Delaney’s career began at the Atlanta Daily World amidst the Civil Rights Movement . While at the Atlanta Daily World, he covered some of the most important figures and events of the Civil Rights Movement. From Atlanta, he went to work for the Dayton Daily News in Dayton, Ohio, and the Washington Star in Washington, D.C.
He next joined the New York Times Washington, D.C. bureau, where he covered urban affairs, politics and civil rights. He served in the Chicago Bureau of the New York Times, as bureau chief in Madrid,Spain, and as an editor on the national news desk and senior editor for newsroom administration. Delaney spent twenty-three years with the New York Times as an editor and correspondent where he rose to national prominence.
Delaney also served as the first African-American chair of the University of Alabama’s journalism department, editor of the editorial page of Our World News and wrote editorials for the Baltimore Sun.
Amongst his many accomplishments is his impact on Black journalists across the country and the world. On December 12, 1975, Delaney met with 43 other committed journalists who formed The National Association of Black Journalists, which remains the largest organization of journalists of color in the nation. NABJ remains committed to fostering an exemplary group of professionals that honors excellence and outstanding achievements in journalism and the media industry.
“Paul Delaney is a founder of our organization whose entire career, which began in Atlanta, charts the progress of the national Civil Rights Movement,” said Deirdre M. Childress, NABJ Vice President-Print. “His career has taken him across the globe and into the newsrooms of the New York Times and Baltimore Sun. He continues to lead us all by his example, championing our rights, exposing myths and uplifting the black community.”
The Salute to Excellence Awards Gala recognizes journalism that best covered the black experience or addressed issues affecting the worldwide black community during 2009.
NABJ’s 35thAnnual Convention and Career Fair will take place July 28- August 1 in San Diego, Calif. For additional information, ticket sales, registration, please visit us at h#mce_temp_url#.