The National Association of Black Journalists Board of Directors has named Roland Martin its Journalist of the Year.
“It is one of NABJ’s most-coveted honors, celebrating the accomplishments of black journalists and those who support blacks in the media,” NABJ wrote in a news release issued on Wednesday.
Martin is currently host and managing editor of TV One’s Washington Watch with Roland Martin and he is senior analyst for The Tom Joyner Morning Show. He is also a nationally syndicated columnist with Creators Syndicate and a CNN contributor.
Atlanta-based CNN recently announced that it is dropping Martin as part of a staff shakeup. The divorce ends a bad marriage. CNN suspended Martin for a month for what management perceived as anti-gay comments.
“I am enormously thankful and humbled that NABJ has bestowed this amazing honor on me for my work as a fearless voice in advocating the critical issues facing voters in the 2012 election, but especially as they relate to African Americans,” Martin said in a statement. “I hope this honor serves as a lesson to any young or veteran journalist that black media platforms are just as essential and important to us today as they have always been.”
NABJ President Gregory Lee Jr. praised Martin.
“Roland Martin has had an enviable career as a multimedia journalist, becoming a respected and trusted voice in print, on air and online,” Lee said. “He is unapologetic about his quest to provide well-rounded coverage of the African-American community, and to provide unique insights to diverse audiences across the many platforms on which he is asked to contribute on a regular basis.”
The NABJ will honor Martin at the organization’s Salute to Excellence Gala on August 3 during the 38th Annual Convention and Career Fair in Orlando, Fla.