PBMF’s Statement on Death of Regis Bobonis Sr.

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PBMF mourns the loss of Regis Bobonis Sr., a trailblazing journalist.  A former editor at the Pittsburgh Courier, he also was the first black news reporter at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the first black news reporter for WIIC, now WPXI. 
Bobonis was the founder of the Tuskegee Airmen Memorial of the Greater Pittsburgh Region.
PBMF’s statement on Bobonis:
“Our friend and brother was a trailblazer who embodied all that is good about journalism. His intelligence, integrity, and love of people distinguished him as both a truth-teller in the news industry and as a historian of international renown. His valuable contributions to a better society will not be forgotten.”
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PBMF Releases Results of Diversity Study at Summit

Keith & Wesley combined 2The Pittsburgh Black Media Federation and Point Park University’s Center for Media Innovation were pleased to present “Press Forward: A Discussion of Race, Diversity & Inclusion in the Pittsburgh News Industry” at Point Park University on Sept. 21.
The provocative discussion included Washington Post reporters Keith Alexander and Wesley Lowery, who were part of a 2016 Pulitzer Prize-winning team for a series on police shootings.  They joined a panel discussion with local journalists. 
PBMF also released the results of its media diversity study at the summit and online.  Click here to see them and a video of the summit.
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PBMF statement on Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article about Wendy Bell’s lawsuit

PITTSBURGH (June 20, 2016) — WTAE terminated Wendy Bell’s employment prior to its meeting with the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation, not afterward, as was incorrectly reported online in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette today.  PBMF never called for or suggested the termination of Bell, as noted in its statement publicly issued March 30.
PBMF has asked the Post-Gazette for a correction.
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