TAMPA, Fla. — Leonard Pitts Jr., Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the Miami Herald, will be the keynote speaker at the Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists’ annual Griot Drum Awards & Scholarship Banquet on Thursday, Nov. 13, at Tampa Marriott Westshore.
Pitts, who won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for commentary, also is the author of a variety of works, including “Freeman,’’ “Before I Forget’’ and “Becoming Dad: Black Men and the Journey to Fatherhood.’’
The event will begin at 6 p.m. with a reception featuring the work of local photographers. The banquet begins at 7 p.m.
During the banquet, TBABJ will honor Jetie B. Wilds Jr., a longtime advocacy journalist and host of the Citizen’s Report on WTMP radio station. Wilds died last month. His family will accept TBABJ’s first Legacy Award on his behalf.
Rod Carter, morning anchor at WFLA Channel 8, will be the emcee.
TBABJ also will present awards to area journalists for quality coverage of people of color and college scholarships to aspiring minority journalists. Entries for the awards and scholarships are due today (Oct. 17). Go to www.tbabj.com for details.
Tickets, which can be purchased at www.tbabj.com, are $30 for TBABJ members and $35 for non-members.
Event sponsors include: Helios Education Foundation, Nielsen, Tampa Bay Times, TECO Energy, United Way Suncoast, Vistra Communications and WEDU.
For more information, contact Jenise G. Morgan, president of TBABJ, at Jmorgannews@yahoo.com or 813-419-2490.