2021 Griot Drum Awards
The Griot Drum Awards & Scholarship Ceremony recognizes local broadcast, multimedia, and print professionals for their outstanding coverage of people of color in 2020. TBABJ will also award thousands of dollars in scholarships to local journalism students.
This year’s theme is Year of the Community Hero. We are honoring medical experts and communications staff who have helped Bay Area journalists keep the public informed about the pandemic. We’re also honoring Black journalists who have made a mark on this news market.
Make plans to join us on Thursday, November 18, 6:30 p.m. at the Rialto Theatre in Tampa.
A Special Thanks to the 2021 Griot Drum Sponsors
Suncoast Credit Union
ABC Action News
Helios Education Foundation
Finalists have been announced by the Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists for its Annual Griot Drum Awards. The contest recognizes the region’s best media coverage of people of color.
Winners will be announced at the Griot Drum Awards & Scholarship Ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 18, at The Rialto Theater, 1617 N. Franklin St., in Tampa.
The awards ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. The chapter also will award scholarships to students studying journalism.
A special thank you to 2021 Griot Drum sponsors: Suncoast Credit Union, Nielsen, ABC Action News, AT&T, Helios Education Foundation.
Laura Landry, WEDU
Deanna Lampasona, Florida Focus
Emerald S. Morrow, 10 Tampa Bay
Danny Bruno, Kyle Sorice, Kristine Kelly, WEDU
Danny Bruno, WEDU
Farah Vickery, WEDU
Kristine Kelly, Dalia Colón, Danny Bruno, Laura Landry, Ernest Hooper, Rob Lorei, WEDU
Dalia Colón, WEDU
Saundra Weathers, Bay News 9
Emerald S. Morrow, 10 Tampa Bay
Claire McNeil, Tampa Bay Times
Margo Snipe, Tampa Bay Times
Maggie Duffy, Dirk Shadd & Boyzell Hosey, Tampa Bay Times
Matt Baker, Tampa Bay Times
Douglas R. Clifford, Tampa Bay Times
Dirk Shadd, Tampa Bay Times
Jennifer Glenfield, Tampa Bay Times
Kathleen McGory, Neil Bedi and Douglas R. Clifford, Tampa Bay Times
Daylina Miller, Stephanie Colombini, Jessica Meszaros, Julio Ochoa, WUSF
Stephanie Colombini, Daylina Miller, WUSF
Stephanie Colombini, WUSF
Steve Newborn, Daylina Miller
Cathy Carter, WUSF
The Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists (TBABJ) will honor five Tampa Bay journalists for their achievements in journalism at the annual Griot Drum Awards & Scholarship Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18 at the Rialto Theatre.
“TBABJ is excited to honor such distinguished local journalists,” said TBABJ President Jasmine Styles. “Whether they’re still grinding it out in the newsroom or have switched careers, we must give these trailblazers credit for establishing a path of excellence many young journalists can follow today.”
The Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists (TBABJ) will honor five Tampa Bay medical experts and one communications specialist for their diligence in helping journalists keep the public informed during the COVID-19 pandemic at the annual Griot Drum Awards & Scholarship ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, at the Rialto Theatre in Tampa.
The honorees are:
- Dr. Jason Salemi, associate professor of epidemiology, USF Health
- Dr. Kevin Sneed, dean, USF Taneja College of Pharmacy
- Dr. Michael Teng, associate dean of Ph.D. and postdoctoral programs, USF Morsani College of Medicine
- Dr. Thomas Unnasch, USF Health Distinguished University Professor
- Ashley Jeffery, AdventHealth West Florida media communications senior manager
“It’s a journalist’s job to fight misinformation” said TBABJ President Jasmine Styles. “Having skilled, local experts like Drs. Teng, Salemi, Unnasch, and Sneed to dispel myths about the coronavirus for our audience is a win for us and public health. And we cannot access them without the help of dedicated spokespersons like Jeffery.”