WKRG’s (CBS) Mel Showers was honored by the National Association of Black Journalists Saturday night during the 44th Annual Convention.

Mel received the 2019 Journalist of Distinction Award. As you all know, Mel Showers is the broadcast vet on the Gulf Coast having celebrated 50 years on air.

Mel Showers receives ‘Journalist of Distinction’ by National Association of Black Journalists

Retiring this past May, after 50 years on-air with WKRG  in Mobile, Alabama, Showers is considered “the” broadcast veteran of his market.

As a result of his tenure and impactful storytelling, he was inducted into the prestigious Alabama Broadcasters Hall of Fame and is a past winner of the Mobile Press Club Lifetime Achievement Award.

Showers is celebrated for breaking down barriers for journalists of color in his region, as he is the first black, full-time anchor to appear on WKRG. Although some in the community did not initially welcome the station’s first black evening news anchor with open arms, his endearing smile, passionate reporting and engagement with the community allowed him to turn hate mail into fan mail, according to the Alabama Broadcasters Association.

Today, he is beloved by viewers across the Gulf Coast.

“NABJ is proud to salute Mel Showers for the extraordinary example of perseverance and dedication to excellence that he has been to his community and to journalists of color everywhere,” said Sarah Glover, NABJ President. “Mel’s work ethic and accomplishments span more than half a century in journalism. We look forward to celebrating his contributions and barrier-breaking career this summer.”

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