Michigan Radio’s Lester Graham was honored August 12 by the the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ).
Graham received an NABJ “Salute to Excellence Award” in the Radio Documentary: Top 15 Markets category for “Separate and Unequal.” He also was a Radio News: Long Form award finalist for “The Kerner Commission and why its recommendations were ignored.”
The documentary “Separate and Unequal” examined the findings of the Kerner Commission, which was created to address the inequities that were the root cause of the riots and civil disturbances of the summer of 1967. The commission’s recommendations were largely ignored. It also examined attitudes about race in today’s America, including its impact on education and police relationships.
Both of these pieces were produced in cooperation with the Detroit Journalism Cooperative (DJC), a partnership of five media outlets reporting on Detroit’s future after bankruptcy. The partnership includes Michigan Radio, WDET, Detroit Public Television, Bridge Magazine and New Michigan Media.
The NABJ’s “Salute to Excellence Awards” recognize journalism that best covers the black experience or addresses issues affecting the worldwide black community during the year. The awards were presented at the organization’s annual convention in New Orleans.
Michigan Radio is an NPR News Station and broadcasts at 91.7 FM in Detroit and southeastern Michigan, 91.1 FM in Flint, 104.1 FM in western Michigan and is available online at michiganradio.org. Michigan Radio is licensed to the University of Michigan and broadcasts from studios located in Ann Arbor.