Tampa Bay Black Journalists Association Honors Tampa Bay Times Reporters

Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists Honored Tampa Bay weather staff members at its annual Griot Drum Awards and Scholarships ceremony, according to a press release from the association.

Associate Editor for Photography Boyzell Hosey received a Griot Drum Journalism Honoree for helping young journalists’ careers and overall achievements.

The association also recognized several Tampa Bay area reporters for “outstanding coverage of people of color in 2020,” the statement said.

Times Associate Editor for Investigations Kathleen McGrory, Former Times investigative journalist Neil Bedi and photographer Douglas R. Clifford were honored in the print news reporting category for their investigative project, Target. The series examined a controversial surveillance program in which the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office monitored people they predicted would be future crime suspects.

Clifford also received the award for best overall picture for Stop killing us!, a photo of a 3 year old boy holding a sign saying “Stop Killing Us!” During protests in Tampa after the murder of George Floyd.

In the Print Reporting category, corporate journalist Claire McNeil was honored for Life in black, who followed a black couple as they recounted the racist micro-attacks they have faced throughout their lives.

Colleges and recruiting reporter Matt Baker were honored in the Print Sports Reporting category for How a slave’s great-grandson made Florida end the “Gator Bait” cheering. The story explored how a University of Florida alumnus pleaded for his alma mater to drop a song with a racist story.

Photographer Dirk Shadd received the award for best sports photo for Puck in the face, who captured a Tampa Bay Lightning player as a puck hit his face shield during a game against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Senior Video Producer Jennifer Glenfield won the award for Best Digital Video for Hidden stories, which told the story of Chester James Sr., known as the unofficial mayor of Methodist Town, who led efforts to bring local black voters to the polls.

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