The stars came out Thursday, May 19 at the University of Pittsburgh O’Hara Student Center, along with a sold-out crowd of more than 150, to celebrate the esteemed awardees at the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation’s (PBMF) 28th Annual Robert L. Vann Media Awards Dinner.
The highlight of the evening was award presentations to Lifetime Achievement Awardee Harold Hayes, Legacy Awardee Debbie Norrell and 29 winners of the PBMF awards.
“We were so excited to recognize such stellar journalists with the Awards of Excellence. And in regard to our three special award winners, they possess the attributes that PBMF is honored to spotlight. Harold Hayes, our Lifetime Achievement Award winner, had an iconic, longtime career in journalism at KDKA-TV and he was committed to fairness and truth in his work. Debbie Norrell, the Legacy Award winner, exemplifies the ways in which tenacity can shape lives and propel people forward through challenges. Lorena Amos Brock, winner of the Literacy Champion Award, has empowered generations of young people through her literacy advocacy and founding of book clubs,” said Tory Parish, president of the PBMF.
The Co-hosts for the night were Bofta Yimam, the weekend morning anchor of Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 WTAE-TV, and weekday reporter in the field on Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 “This Morning”; and Damany Lewis, WPXI Channel 11’s newest anchor/reporter.