WASHINGTON, DC (July 20, 2015) - The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is pleased to announce its 2015-2016 Hall of Fame Inductees, recipients of the highest recognition given by the organization. The induction ceremony will take place at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, DC on December 16, 2015 as part of NABJ’s 40th Anniversary Gala.

Tony Brown, “Television’s Civil Rights Crusader,” as Black Enterprise magazine designated him, is a broadcast journalism legend, producer and host of  “Tony Brown’s Journal,” the longest-running national Black-affairs TV series in history, and he will be inducted into the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) 2015-2016 Hall of Fame at the event.

Tony Brown is the university dean emeritus and professor of the prestigious Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications at Hampton University and he was the first and founding dean, as well as professor, of the School of Communications at Howard University, where he established a highly distinguished academic and professional record.  In 2012, Dean Brown was inducted into the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications Hall of Fame at Hampton University.

His first media position was with the Detroit edition of the national Pittsburgh Courier newspaper chain, a foundation cornerstone of the Black Press, as a reporter and columnist in the early 1960s.

This widely recognized out-of-the-box thinker was inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ prestigious Silver Circle in 2002. With this honor, he joined other television icons such as Walter Cronkite who “have made enduring contributions to the vitality of the television industry and set the highest standards of achievement for all to emulate.” In 1985 Tony Brown received the NAACP Image Special Award and in 1991, he received a Black Emmy Award for
“distinguished and outstanding achievement on behalf of African-Americans in the television industry.” In conjunction with Black History Month, February 2016, this historically distinguished journalist and best-selling author will publish his latest book.

“NABJ is honored to recognize this exemplary group of African-American journalists whose work has broken-barriers and reached the highest standards in journalism,” said NABJ Executive Director Darryl Matthews, Sr.

To this day, at age 82, a robust Tony Brown continues his ground-breaking journalism with his rare collection of 1,000 TV programs from his 40-year award-winning national television series, which is available at www.TonyBrownsJournal.com. Included in this historical collection is one feature movie, “The White Girl,” that he produced, financed and directed as an independent.

“As a university dean emeritus of a journalism school, I consider this historic collection to be the equivalent of an academic Ph. D. degree in Black History and Black Affairs,” said Tony Brown.

Download a FREE 114-page July 2015 Tony Brown’s Journal Video & Film Catalog that has show descriptions of the nearly 1,000 streamed programs produced during the 40-year history of the Tony Brown’s Journal television series. 

Institutions and libraries can license the entire iconic collection that has been described by one archivist as “the most complete and thoughtful record of African-American opinion.”  Contact Tony Brown at mail@tbol.net.