FERGUSON – The Urban League of St. Louis recognized some of the top and most influential black journalists and communicators working in St. Louis at an event Saturday morning before their 28th food drive.
The ceremony was conducted by Patricia A. Washington, Vice President of Communications at Urban League St. Louis. President and CEO Michael McMillan and the Ferguson Mayor Ella Jones handed out the framed certificates of recognition to the honorees.
“We are extremely honored to celebrate the accomplishments of these very talented media professionals who have dedicated their career to educating, informing, and empowering our community,” McMillan said. “We recognize the important role media plays in communicating the work of the Urban League, and we appreciate the skill and dedication of these individuals in sharing our impact.”
The honorees recognized in the ceremony are well-known TV and radio personalities working on and off the air today.
Those honored were:
- Carol Daniel, news anchor, KMOX Radio, Entercom St. Louis
- Elliott Davis, anchor/reporter, KTVI Fox 2 News
- Nathan Dixon, vice president of sales, Entercom
- Lady Merdean Fielding Gales, co-founder, St. Louis chapter of Coalition of 100 Black Women
- Antonio French, editorial writer, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
- Art Holliday, interim news director, KSDK Five on Your Side
- BJ “The Radio DJ” Holiday, on-air personality, program director and community affairs director, iHeartMedia St. Louis
- Andre Holman, production supervisor, STL TV
- Kelley Hoskins, anchor/reporter KTVI Fox 2/KPLR
- Rene Knott, anchor/reporter, KSDK Five on Your Side
- Wiley Price, photojournalist, The St. Louis American
- Oscar Rayford, photojournalist, KMOV
- Anthony Slaughter, meteorologist, KSDK Five on Your Side
- Charles “Chuck” Spearman, general manager, WESL Radio
French, in addition to his work for the Post-Dispatch, is the publisher of MetroSTL.com and its print versions, The NorthSider and The SouthSider. He was recognized for outstanding community service and contributions to the field of communications in St. Louis.
“It’s a great honor,” French said after the event. “The Urban League does great work in the community, and for them to take time out of their busy schedule of providing for all the people in need in St. Louis to be able to recognize some of the people that help tell those stories – I’m just proud to be included in the group.”
“This is truly an honor to be recognized by such a prestigious organization,” Hoskins said. “The media is an opportunity to help people, to give back. In the media, we have an opportunity to meet families, share their stories and sometimes help them out.,”
Speaking to young journalists and students aspiring to be communicators, Hoskins encourages them to stay the course and follow their dreams.
Hoskins added, “I never expect awards, I never expect a whole lot of recognition.”