J-Stars (noun): TV, print or radio journalists who are so widely known and respected that they are celebrities in their own right.
And boy did the "J-Stars" come out to shine as The National Association of Black Journalists inducted into its Hall of Fame five trailblazers and history makers in field of media.
Anchorwoman Merri Dee, also known as "The Honeybee"
was honored for her 40-year career on air in Chicago.
|Markette and CNN's "Ol' Blue Eyes," Wolf Blitzer|
of The Situation Room.
|VIDEO: President Obama's top advisor Valerie|
Jarrett reads letter from commander-in-chief.
|Markette with MSNBC and The Today Show fill-in anchor|
Tamron Hall, who served as mistress of ceremonies.
It was the Newseum's inaugural event honoring African-American journalists.
|VIDEO: WUSA 9's JC Hayward tells|
DC on Heels that its the community that has
kept her on the air for more than 40 years.
The inductees in the NABJ Hall of Fame included the late, legendary CBS newsman Ed Bradley, WUSA 9's JC Hayward (photographed above), The Washington Post's Eugene Robinson (photographed below), retired WGN anchor Merri Dee "The Honeybee" and KGO Newstalk's radio man Ray Taliaferro. Additionally, NPR's Walterene Swanston was honored with the Ida B. Wells Award for her work as a media executive to bring diversity to the newsroom.
|Pulitzer prize-winning honoree Eugene Robinson's|
writing has taken him everywhere from London to
Buenos Aires as a foreign editor.
|NPR's Allison Keyes rocks a FAB beaded blazer, proving|
that radio personalities can have both style & resonance.
|Setting the Stage: the Hall of Fame awards ceremony|
at the start.
|Markette shares a laugh with C-Span's Robb Harlston|
and CNN blogger Rebecca Stewart.
|Team Merri Dee: WGN-TV's Mike D'Angelo,|
Gloria Brown and Robert Jordan flew in from
Chicago to cheer on their colleague, Merri Dee.
|Former NABJ President Brian Monroe.|
|Pretty in Pink: ABC Miami's Neki Mohan|
|Markette with Xavier Dominicis of |
Rent-A-Center, an event co-sponsor.