Yvette Miley Receives NABJ Chuck Stone Lifetime Achievement Award

Last weekend in New Orleans, Yvette Miley was presented with the Chuck Stone Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual National Association of Black Journalists convention. In order to qualify for this honor, a journalist must have 15 years of journalism experience. The winner must also have a history of producing work that contributes to the enrichment, understanding, and advancement of black life and culture.

“It is an incredible honor to have my work recognized.”

“Although I didn’t have the privilege of personally knowing Chuck Stone, I owe my career to him and others like him,” said Miley. “My time at NBC News and MSNBC has afforded me the opportunity to work alongside the best in the industry. Chuck’s courage and commitment to journalism, and to NABJ, opened doors for all of us. Because he did, I could!”

Miley’s career in broadcast journalism began in 1991, and in 2001 she was named Vice President and News Director of the NBC station in Birmingham, AL. In 2009 she joined the NBC team and quickly became a Senior Vice President. In 2015, Miley also became Head of Diversity and Inclusion for both MSNBC and NBC News.

One major accomplishment in Miley’s career includes being credited with advancing the success of Joy-Ann Reid. Reid’s show, “AM Joy,” is among NBC’s most popular and beats CNN in its time slot.

Miley’s colleagues also note that she has a strong commitment to people of color, the LGBT community and social justice issues. Miley used her position as a news executive to highlight the significance of the issues such as the Black Lives Matter movement, the shooting of Trayvon Martin.

According to NABJ President, Sarah Glover, “Yvette’s stellar career is worthy of accolades.” She went on, “Yvette’s dynamic leadership skills and journalistic excellence have been evident as she rose through the ranks of NBC.”

Chantè Russell

Chanté Russell is a Howard University print journalism major from Raleigh, North Carolina. Her entire life has been shaped by her passion for writing, fashion and activism. Those passions have led her to create a blog entitled Be The Zeitgeist and serve as a staff writer for Howard’s student newspaper, The Hilltop. She has also written for Lady With Attitude and worked as a freelance journalist. Some of her biggest role models include Anna Wintour, Maya Angelou and her cousin, Dr. Jennifer Edwards, who inspired Chanté to attend Howard. After completing college, Chanté hopes to work as a fashion journalist and use her platform to combat cultural insensitivity within the fashion industry and improve the public perception of the industry.

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