ESPN Wins Eight NABJ Salute to Excellence Awards

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ESPN Wins Eight NABJ Salute to Excellence Awards

  • ESPN The Magazine and The Undefeated Collaborate to Win Four Awards
  • The Undefeated Senior Entertainment Writer Kelley Carter Receives NABJ President’s Award

ESPN was honored with an industry-leading eight NABJ Salute to Excellence Awards on Saturday night at the 2019 National Association of Black Journalists Annual Convention & Career Fair in South Florida. ESPN awards at the prestigious annual event honoring exemplary coverage of African-American people or issues included four content collaborations produced by ESPN The Magazine and The Undefeated, the company’s content platform focused on the intersections of sports, race and culture.

In addition to its work with ESPN The Magazine, The Undefeated captured two additional awards, and The Undefeated’s senior entertainment writer Kelley Carter received the special NABJ President’s Award for her contributions to the organization and the craft of journalism, at large.

“I am enormously proud of The Undefeated’s staff, and proud of the range and originality of the work NABJ just honored,” said Kevin Merida, ESPN Senior Vice President and Editor-in-Chief of The Undefeated. “It’s inspiring to receive such recognition, including having one of our senior writers singled out for her contributions to black journalists.”

ESPN’s 2019 NABJ awards:

ESPN The Magazine:

Magazine (Over 1 Million): Sports

Magazine (Over 1 Million) – Art & Design: Page Design

  • State of the Black AthleteMagazine cover art for the special “State of the Black Athlete” magazine issue powered by The Undefeated (Chin Wang, Rami Moghadam, Beth Stojkov and Justin McCraw).

Magazine (Over 1 Million) – General Reporting

Magazine (Over 1 Million) – Commentary/Essay

The Undefeated:

  • Digital Media – Online Project: Feature

No Ceilings: How African American Female Athletes Use Community to Navigate Negative Images by Lonnae O’Neal, Maya Jones and The Undefeated Staff – an innovative, multi-faceted project on black female athletes.

  • Digital Media – Sports

How J.R. Smith Bounced Back from Game 1 by Jesse Washington – a portrait of the former Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard J.R. Smith in the aftermath of his mental collapse in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals.


  • Television Network – Documentary

SC Featured: Respect – ESPN’s SC Featured story on 25-year-old Andrew Peterson, a Special Olympics long distance runner who qualified for the Boston Marathon.


Mac Nwulu

I joined ESPN in 1998 and since then, it's been a great experience managing PR and communications for a range of ESPN initiatives and properties over the years. I am currently focused on soccer and The Undefeated, ESPN’s site focusing on sports, race and urban culture and how they intersect.
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