The Hall of Fame honorees: (from left to right) Dr. Grady James, professor emeritus at Norfolk State University; Brenda Andrews, publisher of the New Journal and Guide; James Wright, founder of HRBMP; Barbara Ciara, broadcast legend, WTKR-NewsChannel3; Delceno Miles, The Miles Agency; and Marvin Lake, retired Virginian-Pilot public editor and recruiter. (Photo: Randy Singleton)
Byron Pitts, Hall of Fame emcee, poses with inductee and HRBMP founder, James Wright, and HRBMP President Cheryl Ross as Wright receives his Hall of Fame award. (Photo: Randy Singleton)
The night of February 16 was full of surprises and celebration as the Hampton Roads Black Media Professionals (HRBMP) celebrated its 30th anniversary and six media luminaries in HRBMP’s inaugural Hall of Fame ceremony. The event, held at the Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center in downtown Norfolk, honored those who have made a signficant impact in the media field. Byron Pitts, chief national correspondent for the CBS Evening News, served as emcee and despite snow and sleet, some 250 people attended. Special guests included Congressman Bobby Scott, Congressman Scott Rigell and National Association of Black Journalists President Greg Lee Jr.
The Hampton Roads Black Media Professionals thanks its sponsors and its Hall of Fame attendees for helping make this inaugural event a success.