Cleveland, Ohio — The Greater Cleveland Association of Black Journalists (GCABJ) was awarded the National Association of Black Journalists’ (NABJ) Professional Chapter of the Year. This award was presented by NABJ President Sarah Glover during the NABJ/NAHJ Annual Convention and Career Fair in Washington, D.C. on August 3.
The NABJ Chapter of the Year Award is presented to a professional affiliate chapter for its accomplishments during the eligibility period. Some of the highlights over the past year for the chapter include hosting NABJ’s Region II Conference, “Covering Comeback Cities.” Also in a short period of time, the chapter has become a 501(c) (3) organization and attracted more than 50 members.
“I am very proud of all the members of GCABJ. Our hard work has paid off. We are committed to continue working to be the voice of the people of color in Cleveland. We appreciate all the support we have received from Greater Cleveland. We welcome your input to the stories we cover. Thank you,” said Harry Boomer, president of GCABJ.
Region II Director Vickie Thomas nominated the chapter for the prestigious award.
“Making the trip to Detroit for the NABJ Spring Board meeting last April  demonstrated how committed GCABJ members are to making it a successful chapter,” said Thomas.
This marks the first award for the local chapter since it was reconstituted in April 2015. GCABJ shares this honor with the NABJ Baton Rouge chapter.