-- ABC News President James Goldston sent the following note to staff on the National Association of Black Journalists honoring ABC News with three awards.
I am proud to announce that ABC News won three prestigious NABJ “Salute to Excellence Awards” over the weekend.
Please join me in congratulating everyone involved in these great pieces of journalism.
The Ferguson Grand Jury determined no probable cause to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown. From Steve Osunsami's reporting as police officers lined the streets in riot gear and Alex Perez’s overnight dispatches to Dan Abrams’ clear legal analysis and George Stephanopoulos' exclusive interview with officer Wilson who broke his silence for the first time, ABC News was poised to report the story from all angles, much as it had been in the months leading up to the decision.
Deborah Roberts went to a New Jersey elementary school to find out how young girls interpret beauty in today’s society. With the help of a sociologist, Roberts held her own version of the famous 1939 “doll test. ” The results were sobering as the group of diverse young girls overwhelmingly chose a white, blonde doll as their perception of what is beautiful, even though that very day Lupita Nyong’o, a dark skinned, award-winning actress topped People magazine's “Most Beautiful” list.
In the midst of the flashpoint over Ferguson, Martha Raddatz took This Week viewers to the epicenter of the turmoil in the St. Louis suburb, traveling to the street corner where Michael Brown was killed. The special broadcast included insightful interviews with the Missouri governor, a representative of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement and the attorney for Michael Brown’s family. In a poignant piece, Martha spoke to the young people at the heart of the protests – including a prominent preacher and a young man who attended high school with Brown.