Class of 2012 McDonald’s Black Media Legends Named

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By Jerry Barmash Comments

McDonalds has once again named Black Media Legends, several of whom are broadcasters in New York.

This is the 10th year of the program, and for the first time a pair of special awards will be given.

Iconic voice of African Americans, Gil Noble (right) is receiving the McDonald’s Harold Dow Lifetime Achievement Award. Noble was host and producer of Channel 7/WABC’s Like It Is from its inception in 1968 until taking ill last summer.

Tom Joyner, national radio host, heard in New York on KISS FM, has beed named the Hal Jackson Vanguard Award Winner. In addition to being a Hall of Famer radio personality, he is the founder of the Tom Joyner Foundation supporting historically black colleges and universities, and Joyner created of BlackAmericaweb.com.

More award winners after the jump.

Other honorees as Black Media Legends include:

  • Will Wright, one-time WWOR news director, and current NBC News manager of digital production
  • Elise Finch, WCBS/Channel 2 meteorologist
  • Alkelee Daughtry, WNYW/Channel 5 photographer
  • Nicole Johnson, WNYW reporter
  • Jennifer Jordan, WPIX/Channel 11 reporter
  • Dean Meminger, NY1 anchor, criminal justice reporter
  • Miatta Haj Smith, co-publisher New York Beacon and Philadelphia Observer
  • Elinor Tatum, publisher and editor-in-chief, New York Amsterdam News
  • Ann Tripp, news director and announcer, WBLS and WLIB

The awards will be presented at an Manhattan event February 1, commemorating the start of Black History Month.