At the National Newspaper Publishers Association Convention held in New York City on June 16, 2010, The Skanner News was the only newspaper in the country to win a prize in all its five categories: The MillerCoors Messenger Award for Cultural Diversity, with "Census Should Count Prisoners as Residents of Their Home Counties" . The Messenger Award in the Heritage category, for a profile of graphic designer Rupert Kinnard . The NNPA Merit Awards for Best Use of Photos, and the Ida B. Wells Best News Story prize for "Progress Murky on Race, Juvenile Justice" . Also finalist in four categories: Aid/Emergency Relief, for "Felons Suffer High Rates of Homelessness" ; Environment, for "Attorney General Gets Out of the Office" ; and Responsibility, for "Lack of Access Hinders Treatment for Addiction" , and General Excellence.
The Black publishers who took home NNPA Messenger Awards last week, from left: Kenya Vaughn of the St. Louis American; Bernie Foster, The Skanner News; Larry Waters, MillerCoors; Elinor Tatum, New York Amsterdam News; Michael House, Chicago Defender.
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Michelle Miller and Congressman Charlie Rangel with Danny Bakewell, President
Kathy Y. Times, President of the
National Association of Black Journalists
Bobbie Dore Foster receives one of the awards for The Skanner
Representative of Ford with Bernie Foster
Clovis Campbell, Michelle Miller, Berry Godey and Danny Bakewell
The Skanner won more awards than any publication west of the Mississippi.
Publisher Bernie Foster said it is the first time The Skanner News has placed as a finalist for the John B. Russwurm Award for General Excellence. "We are very fortunate to have the writers that we have," Foster said. "We try to constantly challenge people to shape a better future, and these awards exemplify the work that we've done for the past 35 years."
Sarah Henderson receives one of the awards for The Skanner
Ben Todd Jealous, President of The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
David Dinkins, Mayor of New York City 1990-1993
Bobbie Dore Foster and Sarah Henderson with the talented pianist
Cheryl Pearson-McNeil, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Government Relations of Nielsen with Bernie Foster
"The 2010 National Newspaper Publishers Association Annual Summer Conference boldly and loudly declares its power to Influence Black America! It's been a great year for NNPA! ...
NNPA is the glue that connects Blacks in Los Angeles with Blacks in New York, and Blacks throughout America with Blacks around the world" - Danny Bakewell
Danny Bakewell, Chairman of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, talks with Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr.
"From celebrating our 70th anniversary and the 183 years of tradition and service as the Black Press of America, NNPA has consistently built upon its legacy of trust by honesty telling the stories or Black America from the Black perspective" - Danny Bakewell