28TH ANNUAL ROBERT L. VANN MEDIA AWARDS DINNER
6 p.m. Thursday, May 19, 2016
University of Pittsburgh
O’Hara Student Center ballroom
4024 O’Hara St., 2nd floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15213 (Oakland)
With its Awards of Excellence, the 28th annual Robert L. Vann Media Awards will celebrate the best of print, broadcast, photography and online journalism coverage of the African-American community of Western Pennsylvania.
In addition to the Awards of Excellence, three special awards will be presented at the Vann ceremony:
• The Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Harold Hayes, veteran reporter at KDKA-TV.
• The Legacy Award will be presented to Debbie Norrell, lifestyle editor at the New Pittsburgh Courier and a former radio talk show host and anchor.
• The Literacy Champion Award will be presented to Lorena Amos, a retired English teacher, co-founder of the United Black Book Clubs of Pittsburgh and literacy advocate.
PBMF member Bofta Yimam, a news anchor at WTAE-TV, and Damany Lewis, a news anchor at WPXI-TV, will co-host the Vann ceremony.
ABOUT THE AWARDS
In 1988, the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation established the Robert L. Vann Media Awards to honor excellence in journalism coverage of the African-American community. The awards program was named in honor of the late Robert L. Vann, legendary publisher of the Pittsburgh Courier, to recognize his personal commitment to journalism and to creating a voice for the black community.
2016 WINNERS & FINALISTS
See the list of 2016 Robert L. Vann Media Awards winners: Vann 2016 winners.
See the list of 2016 Robert L. Vann Media Awards finalists: Vann news release 4-14-16 – REVISED PDF.
PAST FINALISTS & WINNERS
See the list of 2015 Robert L. Vann Media Awards winners: Robert L. Vann Awards Winners 2015.
See the list of 2015 Robert L. Vann Media Awards finalists: Vann 2015 finalists news release – 3-31-15.