WASHINGTON, D.C.  The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) announced the finalists for its 2019 Salute to Excellence Awards and Insight News’ Harry Colbert, Jr. has been nominated for two awards.

In the Newspaper – Local, Under 100,000 (circulation) division, Colbert, Insight’s managing editor, is nominated in the categories of Business and Commentary. The Business nomination is for the March 5 – March 12, 2018 cover story, “Numbers don’t lie,” an exposé of Minnesota government spending with Black-owned businesses. The article pointed out that only 0.5 percent of $4.63 billion spent by seven Minnesota government agencies went to Black-owned businesses. That same article garnered Donald Walker a third-place honor from the Minnesota Newspaper Association for graphic art. Colbert’s nomination for Commentary is for the Aug. 27 – Sept. 2, 2018 commentary, “Finding nirvana in North Buxton, Ontario: Discovering one of the last stops on the Underground Railroad.” The commentary chronicles a daytrip to North Buxton, Ontario, Canada, a town settled by former slaves who escaped to freedom via the Underground Railroad.

KARE-11’s Adrienne Broaddus was also nominated in two categories in the Television – Top 15 Markets division. Already a multiple Salute to Excellence awardee, Broaddus is up for awards in the Specialty category for her report,“From Prison to Purpose: A Mother’s Path to Redemption” and General Assignment News: Short From for “The Talk: Exploring Racial Bias.”

Robin Washington of Trains, Planes & Automobiles LLC in Duluth is nominated in the Documentary category in the Radio– Market 16 and Below division for his piece, “The Alabama 35.”

The awards will be presented Aug. 10 during NABJ's Annual Convention & Career Fair in South Florida at the JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa.

The awards ceremony is the only event in the United States that honors exemplary coverage of African/African-American people or issues exclusively. The Salute to Excellence Awards Gala highlights the work of media organizations and individuals involved in print, broadcast and online journalism, marketing and communications. Award categories include college, digital, print, television, radio, photojournalism and public relations. NABJ's Convention & Career Fair is the largest of its kind in the nation with more than 4,000 participants expected this year. 

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