Monday, May 16, 2011

Robert L. Vann Media Award Winners Announced

Pittsburgh Black Media Federation

28th Annual Robert L. Vann Awards

30 Journalists win Vann Awards

and Recognized 5 with Special Honors

University Of Pittsburgh William Pitt Union

Thursday, May 19, 2011, from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

The Pittsburgh Black Media Federation (PBMF) is proud to announce the winners of the 28th Annual Robert L. Vann awards. There are more than 30 winners and the awards celebrate outstanding achievements in journalism related to the coverage of the African-American and African Diaspora community of Western Pennsylvania. Winning entries were published or broadcast between Jan. 1, 2010 through Dec. 31, 2010. Entries were judged by professional journalists in Buffalo and Rochester, N.Y. Award recipients will be recognized during PBMF's annual awards reception on Thursday, May 19, 2011, from 5:30 to 9 p.m., in the William Pitt Union, located at the corner of Bigelow Boulevard and Fifth Avenue, on the University of Pittsburgh Campus, in Oakland. Reception begins at 5:30 p.m.; program begins promptly at 6 p.m.

At the program, five special honors will be given. Community Service Awards will go to Dr. Larry Glasco, a University of Pittsburgh History professor whose work has long documented Black life in Pittsburgh, and to Sylvester Pace, CEO of the Negro Educational Emergency Drive (NEED), for steadfast efforts to provide aid to the college-bound; Journalism Legacy Awards will honor Tene Croom, national radio journalist for her reports on urban Black America, and to George E. Barbour, ground-breaking print, radio reporter; Communicator of the Year honors will go to Donna Baxter, multimedia communicator for her entrepreneurial media and community service.
Tene Croom
Sylvester Pace
Dr. Larry Glasco

Donna Baxter
Admission to the reception is $10 per person.

Proceeds help fund scholarships for graduates of the PBMF's Frank Bolden Urban Journalism Workshop for high school students.

RSVP to Deborah Todd, 412-263-1652;;

or Ervin Dyer, 412-624-4796;


Newspaper Editorial/Commentary

1st place -- Tony Norman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "Black and white: U.S. Schools racial achievement gap"

2nd place -- Debbie Norrell, New Pittsburgh Courier, "Socially Correct"


1st place -- Nafari Vanaski, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, "Should anyone use the 'n-word?"

2nd place -- Jonathan Wander, Pittsburgh Magazine, "The Great One"

Newspaper Feature Story

1st place-- Chris Togneri, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review "Glimmers of hope"

2nd place -- Marylynne Pitz, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "Solving a family mystery: Finding the woman who raised him"

Magazine Feature Story

1st place-- Cara Masset, Pitt Magazine/University of Pittsburgh, "Love's Palette"

2nd place-- Matt Stroud, Pittsburgh Quarterly, "Baby Byron Turns 18"

3rd place-- Renee Aldrich, Blue, Gold and Black/University of Pittsburgh, Power in "Black and White"

Magazine commentary

Winner -- Robert Hill and Anthony M. Moore, Blue, Gold and Black/University of Pittsburgh, "Black Like Me"


1st place-- R. Conway, D. Roddy, D. Templeton, D. Majors, S. Kalson, K. Rujumba, D. Malloy, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "Haiti resettlement/adoption issues"

2nd place-- A. Leff Ritchie, M. Kelly, A. Moore, P. Lomando White, Pitt Chronicle, Black History series


Winner --Jill King Greenwood, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, "Epidemic"

Business News

1st place -- Tim Grant, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "Study finds median wealth for single black women is $5

2nd place --Chris Ramirez, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review "Curiosity spurs a Roots cause"

News Feature

1st place -- Margaret Harding, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, "Living with homicide"

2nd place -- Peter Hart, University Times/University of Pittsburgh, "Making Pitt Work: Deborah Walker

3rd place -- Rebecca Nuttall, New Pittsburgh Courier, "Enough is Enough"

Public Affairs

Winner -- Anya Sostek, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "County steps up effort to prevent crib deaths"

Spot News Story

1st place -- Jeremy Boren, Adam Brandolph, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, "Mother Alleges son brutalized by police"

2nd place -- Christian Morrow, New Pittsburgh Courier, "CEA: More Target jobs

Sports Feature

1st place-- Scott Brown, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, "Second Chance"

2nd place --Sean Conboy, Pittsburgh Magazine, "Rashard Mendenhall Thinks He Can Dance"

Business Feature

Winner --Bob Batz, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "Brooklyn Brewmaster: The rock star of beer"



Winner -- Daniel Marsula, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "First Blacks bear the weight of history"

Feature Photo

1st place -- Michael Henninger, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "Devastation in Haiti"

2nd place --Joshua Franzos, The Heinz Endowments - h Magazine, "Food for All"

News Photo

Winner -- Andrew Russell, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, "Family Braces for horrifying news"



Winner --Mark Barash, Jonas Chaney, Steve Fogle, Brian Leopold, WPXI-TV, "15 Who Dared to Dream"


News Feature

Winner -- Kim Lampkins, American Urban Radio Networks, "One Nation Working Together"

Spot News Story

Winner -- Tene Croom, American Urban Radio Networks, "Funeral of Dr. Dorothy Height"

Admission to the reception is $10 per person.

Proceeds help fund scholarships for graduates of the PBMF's Frank Bolden Urban Journalism Workshop for high school students.

RSVP to Deborah Todd, 412-263-1652;;

or Ervin Dyer, 412-624-4796;

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