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April Ryan takes the NABJ Journalist of the Year Award for 2017.

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BY SUSAN JOHNES

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) has named April Ryan as the correspondent of the year 2017. The annual accolade is in recognition to a black news reporter who has done exemplary work that is significant to the people of African-American origin abroad.

Ryan, a White House reporter for the American Urban Radio Networks, has been in the role for two decades. It is not the first time she is in the headlines this year, but at least this time round it is for a good reason.

Earlier in the year, the Morgan State University alumni and Baltimore resident found herself at the center of heated exchanges with Sean Spencer, the White House Press Secretary and President Donald Trump.

The two incidences came in the backdrop of her questions about Russia and Congressional Black Caucus to the above mentioned respectively. The argument with Sean Spencer led to the trending of #BlackWomenAtWork hashtag.

Sarah Glover, NABJ president while making public the award noted, “April Ryan is a true trailblazer and truth-seeker.” She added, “Reporting from the White House where only a few black women have the opportunity to work from. She has been committed to pursuing stories, rising above the challenges that keep blocking her way.”

On the other hand, NABJ Vice President Dorothy Tucker added that her stellar career had enabled fair, accurate and credible reporting.

Besides journalism, she is also a well-known author having earned the NAACP Image Award for her book, “The Presidency in Black and White” not so long ago. April also recently joined CNN as a political analyst.

Accordingly, while commenting on the new development, she indicated that it was with humility and honor. With so many [NABJ] journalists doing the outstanding work, Ryan was thankful for being considered for the honor.

The thirty-year career in the field is without a doubt an inspiration to many young people who look forward to taking up the challenge in the future. One would say, she has had a unique role in covering urban stories from the White House.

Indeed her position grants the opportunity to get in touch with racial intolerance and the political environment.

Otherwise, the NABJ Salute to Excellence Awards will recognize Ryan at their Convention and Career Fair on August 12th this year. The occasion will take place at the New Orleans Riverside Hotel.

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