WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - May 21, 2014) - The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) announces the selection of Wesley Lowery of The Washington Post as the association's 2014 Emerging Journalist of the Year. The award recognizes an early career journalist who, through their body of work, displays a commitment to NABJ's goal of outstanding achievement by black journalists and a commitment to providing balanced coverage of the black community and society at large.
"Wesley is a tremendous journalist who has made an immediate impact in every newsroom in which he has worked. Wesley is intelligent, passionate, tremendously hard working, and insightful, with a maturity beyond his years," NABJ President Bob Butler said. "His reporting skills have allowed him to cover some of the most important and compelling stories in recent memory including the Boston Marathon Bombings, the Aaron Hernandez case, the Trayvon Martin case, the Christopher Dorner manhunt, the 2012 presidential election, and Massachusetts' 2013 special election for the U.S. Senate."
Currently a political reporter at The Washington Post, Lowery primarily covers Congress as part of The Post's online strike force, a team which offers immediate reporting and analysis for the web. He also contributes to coverage of general breaking news stories. His reporting also appears in print editions of the newspaper.
Lowery previously worked as a general assignment and political reporter at The Boston Globe, and he was a METPRO Reporting Fellow at The Los Angeles Times. He held reporting internships at The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, The Columbus Dispatch and The Detroit News.
While attending the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University he was editor-in-chief of The Post, the school newspaper where he managed coverage of the university and of Athens County, Ohio. He was the second black editor in the paper's 100-year history.
Lowery will be honored along with NABJ's other honorees at NABJ's Salute to Excellence Gala on August 2, 2014 during NABJ's 39th Annual Convention and Career Fair in Boston.
An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation, and provides career development as well as educational and other support to its members worldwide. Please visit, www.nabj.org, for additional information.