WASHINGTON (May 15, 2015) − The Board of Directors of The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) has selected the late Bryan Burwell as the recipient of the 2015 Legacy Award. Mr. Burwell was a nationally recognized sports columnist, and at the time of his death he wrote for The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Recipients of the Legacy Award are recognized for having had a career of extraordinary achievement, which broke barriers and blazed trails.
“Bryan Burwell was a sports journalist who covered historic moments and milestones on the court and on the field. His performance as a journalist set a high bar for others to follow,” said NABJ President Bob Butler. “Few reporters can say they covered some of the most important moments in sports across platforms, but Bryan could and he did it extremely well.”
In addition to his work as a columnist for The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, he had been an on-air host for CBS Sports 920 in St. Louis and 101 ESPN Radio, also in St. Louis. On television viewers saw him on ESPN’s Jim Rome is Burning and The Sports Reporters.
“Bryan Burwell was an exceptional journalist and an exceptional mentor and friend. He had a confidence and charisma which made his written work critical and perceptive, and his television commentary biting and forceful,” said Gregory Lee, past NABJ President and Director, Editorial Content at NBA.com. “A descendant of the first generation of black sportswriters, his exceptional work has ensured that more black sports reporters will have the types of opportunities he had to have impactful careers.”
Earlier in his career, Mr. Burwell had been a columnist for USA Today, The Sporting News, The Detroit News, and The New York Daily News. He had also written for Newsday and The Baltimore Sun, and been an on-air contributor to HBO Sports. Mr. Burwell’s honor will be presented to his family at the association’s Salute to Excellence Gala on August 8th during NABJ’s Annual Convention and Career Fair in Minneapolis.
An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation, and provides career development as well as educational and other support to its members worldwide. For additional information visit www.nabj.org.–OnPointPress.net.