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MDDC Hall of Famer Moses Newsom Earns 2014 NABJ Honors

Newsom will be honored Jan. 16, 2014 at the Newseum
The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) recently announced the 2014 Hall of Fame inductees. The eight will be honored at the 2014 Hall of Fame Induction and Reception Jan. 16, at The Newseum in Washington, D.C. Moses Newson, a former AFRO reporter who covered landmark events during the civil rights era, is among the honorees.

Newson is no stranger to such honors, having been inducted into the MDDC Newspaper Hall of Fame in 2007.

Newson risked his life covering some of the most notable in American history. These events included the Emmett Till murder trial, school desegregation in Little Rock and the 1961 Freedom Rides.

He attended Storer College in Harpers Ferry, W.Va., and then transferred to Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo., where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism.

In 1952, Newson’s first job as a reporter came at the Tri-State Defender in Memphis. Newson left the Tri-State Defender for the Baltimore Afro-American, where he would be a reporter, city editor and ultimately executive editor for the final 10 of his 21 years at the newspaper. Newsom later left journalism to become a public affairs specialist for what was to become the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. After working for the government for 17 years, Newson retired at age 68.

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