Telemundo's Chief Operating Officer, Don Browne, was honored by the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Conference of Editorial Writers with the prestigious Ida B. Wells Award. Browne received the award at this year's NCEW's annual convention luncheon held today in Chicago, IL.
Presented annually by NABJ and NCEW, the Ida B. Wells Award in journalism (named for the late 19th century journalist who won worldwide acclaim for her fearless reporting of and crusade against lynching) recognizes media executives who have made outstanding efforts to increase diversity in the newsrooms and promote news coverage that more accurately reflects the diversity of the communities they serve. Browne was acknowledged for his commitment and initiatives in the recruitment and career development of women and journalists of color.
Browne took his current post at Telemundo in May 2003; overseeing the station group, affiliate relations and distribution, network news, research, operations and engineering, Telemundo Studios, and Telemundo Cable. Before joining the Spanish-language network, he had been President and General Manager of NBC's WTVJ in Miami since 1993. As a longtime advocate of expanding into the Spanish-language television market, Browne was a key member of the NBC team involved in the purchase of Telemundo. He currently serves as a member of NBC's Taskforce on Diversity and has a national reputation for being particularly active in the recruitment and career development of women and minorities.
"This is a very special award for me and I feel extremely honored by this recognition," said Browne. "I have always believed in the strength of having a diverse workplace and promoting the hiring of women and minorities is a lifelong passion for me."