simeon booker

Simeon Booker, now 94, was the first full-time reporter for the Washington Post.

*The newsrooms throughout America make it necessary for various African American online, print, and radio news outlets like the Electronic Urban Report (EUR), The Root, The Grio, the Chicago Defender, the Afro American, Michael Baisden’s show, Tom Joyner, and many others to exist.

The diversity that is necessary to tell the stories of the nation’s diverse community is still not present in the newsrooms of America.

But Simeon Booker helped change all of that by diversifying the Washington Post in 1952, as their first full-time African American reporter.

Last month, Booker was recognized by the National Association of Black Journalists with their highest honor by induction into the organization’s Hall of Fame. According to the NABJ, the recognition is giving to “a media executive who has demonstrated a commitment to diversifying the nation’s newsrooms and improving the coverage of people and communities of color.”