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The Greater St. Louis Association of Black Journalists (GSLABJ) has
announced the 2022 Living Legends award recipients at this year’s
ceremony on Saturday, NOV. 12, 2022, from 5 pm-9 pm, at the St.
Louis University Il Monastero Banquet Center (3050 Olive Blvd.)


The 2022 honorees are Maurice Drummond KMOV-TV anchor, Adella D. Jones, a public affairs and communications professional and Kevin Johnson, music critic for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

 
“This year’s inductees have truly earned their title as Living Legends,” said GSLABJ President Taylor Tiamoyo Harris. “It will be an honor to give these honorees their flowers while they’re still building a lasting impact on the St. Louis media and communications industries.” 


Maurice Drummond is the co-anchor of News 4 This Morning. Drummond joined KMOV as Sports Director in 2013, before joining the morning news team in 2020. In his 34 years in the television industry, Maurice has worked at some of the biggest sports networks in the country including ESPN and The Golf Channel. Maurice is among the city’s most trusted broadcasters
and shares inspiring stories in the St. Louis community.

 

Kevin Johnson is a veteran journalist and music critic at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and author of St. Louis' top music/entertainment blog, the Blender. Johnson was also a music critic with the  Akron Beacon-Journal and has written, been featured on, or picked up by Associated Press, CNN, TV Guide, GQ, Billboard, the Washington Post, BBC, VH1, Vibe, E! News, and Complex, and Yahoo! News. He was also a member of a Pulitzer Prize-winning team at the Akron Beacon-Journal for a series on race relations in the city.


Adella D. Jones is the current Chief of Staff for the Chancellor’s Office at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Jones is also a veteran strategist and communications professional. She has served as the public information officer for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, press secretary for former U.S. Congressman Richard A. Gephardt, and vice president of community and government affairs for the Bi-State Development Agency. Jones is a long-time member of the Greater St. Louis Association of Black Journalists, and a past director of the organization’s Minority Journalism Workshop. 

Tickets for the event are $50.00 each and can be purchased on Eventbrite


https://www.eventbrite.com/e/42077471750.


Some sponsors of this year’s event include Ameren Missouri,
Caleres, KMOV-TV, Fox2Now, KSDK News, The Post-Dispatch, The St. Louis American, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
The GSLABJ Living Legend recognition was created in 2013 to celebrate journalists and communication professionals who have committed themselves to the mission of GSLABJ and to building the next generation of journalists.


Previous GSLABJ Living Legends honorees have included Sharon
Stevens, Linda Lockhart, Bonita Tilman, Bonita Cornute, Art Holliday, Wiley Price, Ruth Ezell, Odell Mitchell, and Cleora Hughes.

 

The Greater St. Louis Association of Black Journalists aims to empower Black journalists and media professionals. We critique local media coverage and practices, train journalists, award scholarships to aspiring journalists, honor trailblazing media and communications professionals and advocate for the advancement of Black media and fair portrayal of Black people. The organization also holds programs, fundraisers, their notable
Minority Student Journalism Workshop, and free social events annually for our members and the St. Louis community.

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