Award Winning District of Columbia Journalist to speak at MLK Banquet three days before the New President is Sworn in

Award Winning District of Columbia Journalist to speak at MLK Banquet three days before the New President is Sworn in

By Floyd Miller

 

 

 

Award-winning veteran journalist Hazel Trice Edney is president & CEO of Trice Edney Communications and editor-in-chief of the 6-year-old Trice Edney News Wire, which recently became the only Black-owned and woman-owned news wire fully credentialed by the U. S. House and Senate Periodicals Press Gallery. {{more}}She is former Editor-in-Chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service, which is a federation of more than 200 Black-owned newspapers and its website, Blackpressusa.com. Hazel has reported more than 30 years as a reporter for the historic Black Press. She cut her teeth in journalism at the Afro American Newspaper and the Richmond Free Press, located in Richmond, Va., the former Capital of the Confederacy.Edney is an adjunct professor of journalism at the Cathy Hughes School of Communications at Howard University, where her news wire has a satellite office. She teaches Reporting & Writing, Writing for the Media and Communications Entrepreneurship. She is also president emerita of the historic Capital Press Club. A native of Louisa, Va., Edney was the first Black woman inducted into the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame. She has covered Capitol Hill, the White House and national electoral politics for 16 years. For the past six years, the Trice Edney Communications and News Wire has hosted the annual Stateswomen for Justice Luncheon and Issues Forum at the National Press Club, a salute to the Black Press and celebration of Women’s History Month from a Black economic perspective.Hazel’s journalistic coverage has included the World Conference Against Racism in Durban South Africa in 2001; the immediate aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the Pentagon; she spent eight days in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina; she flew exclusively with the family entourage on the plane carrying the body of Rosa Parks from Detroit to Montgomery; and was among a team of journalists on a fact-finding mission in earthquake-ravaged Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Hazel was also awarded an exclusive interview with then President-elect Barack Obama during his historic Whistle Stop Train Tour from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C. in January 2009.Edney has a Master’s Degree from the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, where she was awarded the William S. Wasserman Jr. Fellowship on the Press, Politics and Public Policy. She is also a graduate of Harvard’s Women and Power Executive Leadership program.Selected as graduate student orator for the Harvard University Commencement 1999, she is a visionary commentator on race and social justice issues. Her professional media appearances have included the Tavis Smiley Show; CNN; C-Span, Bishop T.D. Jakes’ Potter’s Touch; The Al Sharpton Show; NewsOne Now with Roland Martin; the Washington Journal and Igniting Change with Barbara Arnwine.She was a 1999-2000 congressional fellow, sponsored by the American Political Science Association. In the nine-month fellowship for journalists, she served as a legislative aid in the personal office of Sen. Ted Kennedy.Her journalism awards also include the 2011 New America Media Career Achievement Award; a fellowship at the Annenberg Institute for Justice in Journalism at the University of Southern California; the prestigious Lincoln University Unity Award in Media for economics writing; the coveted Tisdale Award, named for crusading Black Press editor the late Charles Tisdale of the Jackson Advocate; and a string of NNPA Merit Awards, including NNPA First Place Feature Story Merit Award 1990 for her final interview with Virginia death row inmate Wilbert Lee Evans.Hazel was named “2008 Role Model” by the National Baptist Congress of Christian Education and a “2010 Phenomenal Woman” by the Phenomenal Women’s Alliance. She was also featured as a “Living Legend” on Tom Joyner’s BlackAmericaWeb.com in February 2011. Hazel is also a minister at the Greater Mount Calvary Holy Church in Washington, DC. At Calvary, she serves as a member of the Ministerial Alliance leadership board and the Jessup Connection Ministry to incarcerated women. Hazel is founder and president of Alabaster Women’s Ministries, a prayer and mentoring ministry consecrated on May 14, 2011 by a team of ministers led by Bishop Noel Jones of Los Angeles. In August this year, she was appointed to the Advisory Cabinet of the new Center for African American Pentecostalism and Leadership Development at the Virginia Union University School of Theology in Richmond.Hazel’s biography was recently documented by TheHistoryMakers.com, the largest compilation of pioneering African-American professionals in the nation, now housed in the Library of Congress. She is currently writing her life story, expected to be released in a book late next year. The MLK Banquet will be held Monday January 17th, at the Abilene Civic Center. The doors will up 6:00 pm and the program will start at 6:30pm.Tickets are priced as follows Gold Tables seating 10 are $350.00, Opening seating is $30.00 a ticket or an open seating table can be purchased for $300.00. You may call 325 672 7950 or 325 338 7372. This years event is expected to be a sell out.