And the 2011 Griot Drum finalists are…

Congratulations to the following broadcast, multimedia and print professionals whose coverage of people of color earned them spots as finalists in the 2011 Griot Drum Awards contest!

The Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists (TBABJ) will announce winners on Thursday, Nov. 17 at the headquarters of The Nielsen Company, 501 Brooker Creek Blvd., Oldsmar.

Tickets, which can be purchased at www.tbabj.com, are $35 for TBABJ members, $45 for non-members and $320 for a table.

You’ll get the chance to hobnob with the area’s media professionals at a pre-banquet reception, enjoy a full dinner and performances by local musicians Josh Cooperman and Jonathan Milton. CNN anchor Don Lemon will deliver the keynote address.

The master of ceremonies will be WFLA-Channel 8 morning anchor Rod Carter.

THE FINALISTS

Carson Cooper, WUSF Public Media, one category
 
Naomi Prioleau, WUSF Public Media, one category
 
Farah Dosani, WUSF Public Media, one category
 
Robin Sussingham, WUSF Public Media, one category
 
Dalia Colon, Institute for Advanced Journalism Studies, one category
 
WEDU-TV/Gulf Coast Journal Staff, one category
 
Jackie Calloway, WFTS-TV/ABC Action News, one category
 
Lissette Campos, WFTS-TV/ABC Action News, one category
 
Jennifer McVan, WFTS-TV/ABC Action News, one category
 
Eugene Perry, WFTS-TV/ABC Action News, three categories
 
Linda Hurtado, WFTS-TV/ABC Action News, one category
 
Deiah Riley, WFTS-TV/ABC Action News, one category
 
Matt McGlashen, WFTS-TV/ABC Action News, one category
 
Mary Shedden, Tampa Tribune, one category
 
Douglas R. Clifford, St. Petersburg Times, one category
 
Joyce Nanette Johnson, St. Petersburg Times, two categories
 
Tia Mitchell, St. Petersburg Times, one category
 
Demorris A. Lee, St. Petersburg Times, three categories
 
Keisha Pickett, Blackinthebay.com, one category
 
Andreas Butler, Daytona Times, one category
 
James Harper, Daytona Times, one category
 
Charles W. Cherry II, Florida Courier, two categories
 
Kim Gibson, Florida Courier, one category
 
Florida Courier Staff, one category