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Alumnus Garth Reeves Honored During NNPA Merit Awards Gala

August 3, 2011

. — Florida A&M University (FAMU) alumnus Garth C. Reeves, The Miami Times’ newspaper publisher emeritus, was presented with the National Newspaper Publishers Association’s (NNPA) Legacy of Excellence Award for his many years of leadership during this year’s NNPA Merit Awards Gala.

The Miami Times, the oldest black-owned newspaper in the Southeast with 88 years of continuous publications, was awarded with the prestigious John B. Russwurm Award, indicating its position as the top black newspaper in the country.

The Miami Times took three first place and one second place award, including: the John H. Sengstacke General Excellence Award; the Ida B. Wells Best News Story, for a piece written by senior editor, D. Kevin McNeir; Best Church Page, written and coordinated by staff writer Kaila Heard and Stangetz Caines (production manager); and Best Entertainment Section, written and coordinated by McNeir and Mitzi Williams (graphic artist).

Miami Times Publisher Rachel J. Reeves recaptured the NNPA’s most respected and coveted award this year, the Russwurm Trophy, based on her publication winning the most points from among a potential 19 categories.

“I am very proud of my staff and all of their hard work,” Reeves said. “They continue to work very hard and to continue the legacy that my grandfather and father established and to which I am now equally dedicated — addressing issues that matter on the local front for the black community.”

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