WDCW-TV/DC50, the Tribune owned CW affiliate in Washington, D.C., has been awarded the prestigious “Salute to Excellence Award” by the National Association of Black Journalists.
WDCW-TV’s 2010 local documentary, “Howard Theatre: A Century in Song” was honored this past Saturday evening by the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) with a “Salute to Excellence Award” for Outstanding Public Affairs Special (Top 15 Market). The NABJ awards were given out at the organization’s annual convention and career fair, held this year in Philadelphia.
WDCW’s “Howard Theatre” special, produced in conjunction with the station’s 2010 Black History month commemoration, was a historic perspective of this DC institution which launched the careers of such legendary musical artists as Duke Ellington, BB King, Ella Fitzgerald, Marvin Gaye, Roberta Flack and many others. The Theatre, closed for nearly 35 years and in a state of decline, is in the midst of being re-built for a December 2011 grand re-opening.
Reporter Robin Hamilton and producers Jim Byrne and Fran Murphy were recipients of the award. Graphics were created by Rob Shade. The program was nominated for a regional Emmy Award earlier this year.
WDCW’s “Howard Theatre: A Century in Song” can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OY8BmpryS2g
Photos of the Howard Theater and of reporter Robin Hamilton accepting her award are available upon request.