DeWayne Wickham, a founder and past president of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), will receive the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award, one of the organization’s highest honors. Wickham was selected by the NABJ Board of Directors at their winter meeting.
In addition to being a founding member of NABJ, the current USA Today columnist also founded the Association of Black Media Workers, the NABJ chapter in Baltimore. He assisted in the creation of professional chapters in both Greensboro, N.C., and Norfolk, Va. Wickham also founded NABJ student chapters at Delaware State University and North Carolina A&T State University, the latter at which he currently serves as distinguished professor of journalism and interim chair of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication.
“DeWayne has had an impressive career in journalism and he has achieved distinction at the highest levels. He is a true giant in our profession,” said NABJ President Gregory Lee Jr. “Founder Wickham has touched our organization on so many levels, and we have all benefited from his commitment and dedication. He is most deserving of this honor.”