Special Honors 2024

2024 WABJ Special Honors Gala

Join us for the 3rd annual WABJ Special Honors & Scholarship Gala on Saturday, December 7, at the Armour J. Blackburn Center located on the campus of Howard University.

This promises to be a memorable experience, bringing together media professionals, newsmakers, thought leaders, and community supporters who share a common vision of recognizing and honoring excellence in journalism, communications, newsroom leadership, and community service.

The evening will commence with a welcome reception from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., followed by a seated dinner and awards program from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The gala serves as WABJ’s largest annual fundraiser to sustain our longstanding Urban Journalism Workshop for local high school students (now in its 38th year), scholarships, and year-round professional development programming.

Nominations Open For WABJ Special Honors

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2024 WABJ Special Honors and Scholarship Gala. All submissions must be made by Sunday, June 30, at 11:59 PM EST. (The deadline will not be extended.)

The award recipients will be announced prior to the December ceremony.


  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Legacy Award
  • Journalist of the Year
  • Young Journalist of Excellence
  • Excellence in Communications

Nomination Rules:

  • Each submission must include a statement (300 words max) outlining the reasons for the nomination and three links to the nominee’s work.
  • Self-nomination is not permitted.
  • Nominators must be WABJ members in good standing. (Email membership@wabjdc.org to inquire about your membership status.)
  • Nominees do not have to be current members of WABJ but are strongly encouraged to join.


Email awards@wabjdc.org for inquiries.

Sponsorship & Partnership Opportunities Available

WABJ relies on the generosity of individuals, corporations, and foundations to support our critical, volunteer-led initiatives. By partnering with us as a gala sponsor, you support our mission and position your brand as a champion of media excellence and integrity.

Gala proceeds support our annual eight-week-long high school journalism program, scholarships, and year-round programming.

Email president@wabjdc.org for sponsorship inquiries.

2023 WABJ Special Honors Recipients