The Ken Knight Awards, named after media pioneer Ken Knight, was held honoring Blacks in media. Journalists of all kinds, including podcasters, anchors, reporters, on-air personalities, influencers, marketing and media professionals were among the honorees. The event featured conversations to advance black history knowledge in the media and reverence to local trailblazers. Hosted by news anchor Dawn Lopez there were also tributes to Northside Coalition of Jacksonville (NCOJ) founder Ben Frazier and newly elected officials Mayor Donna Deegan and Councilman Rahman Johnson.
The brainchild of attorney Obi Umunna, Esq., this event recognized the men and women that fight for the truth, transparency, and leadership. “Black media and black journalists are an integral part to telling black stories correctly,” said Umunna. The award’s namesake is credited with starting a movement in which African Americans asked for more of their music and announcements to be aired on local TV and radio stations. Guests enjoyed dinner, cocktails and networking inside WJCT studios.
This year’s award recipients are: Deborah Maiden Owner WCGL radio FM94.7/AM1360; Eugene Ford Co-Founder Black Films Matter; Shaunee Jones Radio Personality IHeartMedia; Jenese Harris Anchor/Meteorologist WJXT; Keitha Nelson Anchor First Coast News; John Reid Florida Times Union; Lifetime Achievement Award to Ben Frazier (Posthumously).