Top Journalism Honor for Miami Herald Reporter Jacqueline Charles

This is award announcement day, it would seem . . . Adding to our kudos for the days, Miami Heraldreporter Jacquelines Charles–whose reporting from Haiti has been as moving as it has been groundbreaking–has won the Journalist of the Year from the National Association of Black Journalists. Her colleague Julie Brown celebrates her award:

Jacqueline Charles, The Miami Herald’s Caribbean correspondent, was named Tuesday as Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), the largest organization of journalists of color in the country.

Working at times under extreme conditions, Charles’ unrelenting reporting has been instrumental in focusing the world’s attention on Haiti, a country which has been devastated by floods and an earthquake that led to the loss of hundreds of thousands of lives. She continues to cover the country’s political upheaval and its efforts to rebuild.

In 2010, NABJ also honored Charles as International Reporter of the Year.

Charles has spent the last 15 months living in Haiti as part of The Miami Herald’s commitment to document the quake and its aftermath. While writing about the recovery and reconstruction, she has had to deal with a deadly cholera epidemic, a menacing hurricane and the political crisis that finally resulted in the election of a new president.

Charles, who began her career at The Miami Herald as a high school intern in 1986, played a key role in The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald being named as a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize for breaking news this year.

“We couldn’t be more proud of Jacquie Charles. Her work is remarkable — in her knowledge of what she covers, the depth of her sourcing, and her passion for getting the story and getting it right,’’ said Miami Herald Managing Editor Rick Hirsch. “Her excellent coverage of Haiti began long before the tragic earthquake of last year, and continues today.’’

Calling her work “fearless,’’ Deidre M. Childress, NABJ’s vice president for print journalism said: “Her work is an inspiration for reporters who want to bring the cultural history of the African Diaspora into the realm of greater understanding of people of color.’’

Charles also was praised for her exhaustive work as a mentor for future journalists, having served on scholarship committees and recruiting chapter members and colleagues to help with the annual summer journalism program for high school students at The University of Miami.

She also was associate producer of Nou Bouke, a Miami Herald documentary on Haiti a year after the earthquake. The documentary was shown in more than 50 PBS markets in the United States.

She will be among other top award winners at NABJ’s Salute to Excellence Gala in Philadelphia in August.

“It’s a recognition of not just my work and commitment to this story, but also of the Haitian people who suffered one of the world’s worst disasters last year,’’ Charles said. “It says that their plight has not totally been forgotten by the American media.”

NABJ is an advocacy group established in 1975 to provide educational, career development and support for black journalists around the world.

For the original report go to http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/04/19/2176017/top-journalism-honor-for-miami.html#ixzz1K1SkaUFJ

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