BY: STAFF WRITER
LIBERIA: Women Journalists in Liberia again have won several awards from the annual Excellence event of the Press Union of Liberia.
Freelance Journalist Evelyn K. Seagbe won the Female Genital Mutilation reporting category Aria Deemie of Local Voices won the Health Reporter of the Year while Emma Forgbe Kloh of Lux FM/New Narratives won the Environmental Journalist of the Year.
Both Aria and Evelyn have previously won awards from the PUL in the categories of Human Rights and Women rights respectively. Aria won the 2020/2021 Trafficking in Person Reporter of the year award.
These ladies, according to the PUL awards Committee, presented competitive stories with sustained follow-ups that produced policy action and impact to communities and people affected.
The Committee presented to each awardee, a brand new laptop and a certificate of honor for winning various category.
Meanwhile, the awards Committee also admitted several veteran Journalists into the Hall of Fame, a new category introduced by the committee. The Hall of Fame is dedicated to veterans who have committed their services to the media Community in Liberia. Those admitted include: Mr. Kenneth Y. Best, Stanton Peabody (Deceased), Charles Gbeyon (Deceased), Frank Sanworlia and Elizabeth E. Holf among others.
Also, another new category of Public Finance Talkshow Host was awarded to OK FM Manager Mr. Clarence Jackson for his dedicated role on explaining national financial issues on his morning show.
Other awardees include: Lennart Dodoo of Front Page Africa as Journalist of the Year for breaking the news of Dillion Ticket saga and other stories, Land Reporter of the Year was won by Varney Dukuly (OK), Newscaster of the Year, Wholoquo Yeahgar of ELBC, Sports Journalist of the Year Anthony of Daily Observer Newspaper, and Henry Gboluma of Local Voices won the Human Rights Reporter of the Year, among others.
OK FM and Frontpage Africa won the Radio Station and Newspaper of the Year category of the PUL awards.
Meanwhile the Committee announced that there no entries for Best Community Radio category while other categories did not get winners based on the fact that entries did not meet the requirements setup by the Committee.
Some of those categories include Investigative Journalist of the Year, Extractive Industry, Judicial Reporter of the year and Legislative Reporter of the year among others.
Speaking during the Event, US Embassy Deputy Mission Chief Joe Maybury encouraged Journalists to report the truth for societal growth, indicating the Media is key for sustained peace and development.
The Press Union of Liberia annual Excellence is set aside to honor Journalists for their tireless efforts to providing information in different categories that foster growth and development in Liberia.