The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ)

NABJ Honors Ted Holtzclaw with the 2013 Legacy Award

NABJ Honors Ted Holtzclaw with the 2013 Legacy Award

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) announced today that the late Theodore "Ted" Holtzclaw is the 2013 recipient of its Legacy Award.

At the time of his death in 2012, Holtzclaw was the Operations Manager at WABC-TV in New York. The NABJ Board of Directors selected Holtzclaw to receive this award and he will be honored posthumously this summer at NABJ's 38th Annual Convention and Career Fair in Orlando, FL.

"For those who knew and loved Ted this is a tremendous honor. Ted loved NABJ and his legacy will live on in the organization through the generations of journalists he touched in the Short Course at North Carolina A&T State University, and now the NABJ Legacy Award. It is a fitting tribute to an industry leader who changed the trajectory of the career paths of numerous broadcast professionals," said Terry Owens, a NABJ veteran, a close friend of Holtzclaw's, and Chief Public Information Officer at Maryland's Transit Administration.

Holtzclaw spent more than 15 years at New York's #1 rated WABC-TV helping to facilitate coverage of news stories around the world. Ted was recruited to WABC-TV as the news operations manager in 1999, after holding the same position at WTVD-TV in Durham, NC. After earning his undergraduate degree from State University of New York College at Buffalo, his first professional position was as a videographer at WCPO-TV in Cincinnati. Later he worked as a videographer at WMAR-TV in Baltimore before joining WTVD. He is a proud recipient of a Peabody award for news coverage when he was a videographer.

Ted, as he was affectionately known, was a loyal and steadfast NABJ volunteer. For nearly 20 years, he was a dedicated supporter of the NABJ Multimedia Short Course at North Carolina A&T State University where mentored dozens of student journalists and was a wise counsel for professional colleagues.

"It is truly NABJ's honor to pay homage to Ted Holtzclaw with our Legacy Award. We only wish we could have done so while he was still with us. His commitment to developing a strong pipeline of young black journalists inspired his professional peers," said NABJ President Gregory Lee, Jr. "The work that he did to ensure that others could have a career as successful as his continues to speak for him."

Past recipients of NABJ's Legacy Award includes Monica Pearson, Anchor Emerita (WSB-TV); Leon Carter, Executive Editor (ESPN New York); Sandy Rosenbush, Co-Director (The Sports Journalism Institute); Acel Moore, Editor Emeritus (The Philadelphia Inquirer) and Paula Madison, retired Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer (NBC Universal).

Ted's memory will be revered most by his family, including his wife Verna and a young son Harrison. "Selected to receive a coveted NABJ award or not, I as his widow, am grateful for the important role NABJ played in the life of Ted Holtzclaw. His family will continue to honor and support NABJ as we cherish Ted's memory," said Verna E. Holtzclaw, Ted's widow.

Among the highlights of Holtzclaw's distinguished career includes his work in 2001 handling logistics for WABC-TV's Pulitzer Prize coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. For this remarkable work covering the tragedy, he was bestowed a Peabody Award. He traveled globally on political, investigative, and world news assignments executing the logistical components for coverage of all local, national and international live events, including Hurricane Katrina, the Republican National Convention in NYC, the earthquake in Japan, the Consistory for Cardinal Dolan, parades for the NY Yankees and Giants, and special coverage including the NYC Half Marathon. He was the highest-ranking African American at WABC-TV until weeks before his death with the hiring of Camille Edwards as Vice President of News.

"WABC-TV is so happy that NABJ is honoring Ted. He was an amazing man who loved his family and Eyewitness News. It is truly fitting that he is receiving the Legacy Award. The impact he's had on this station will forever live on," said Edwards.

Holtzclaw and other honorees will be celebrated at the association's Salute to Excellence Gala, to be held August 3, in Orlando. An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation, and provides career development as well as educational and other support to its members worldwide, visit our website at www.nabj.org.
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