John Watson (Courtesy of American University)

John Watson, a veteran journalist and an associate professor in the School of Communication at American University in D.C., has been selected to receive the Ida B. Wells Award from the National Association of Black Journalists.

The award is given to individuals “who make exceptional efforts to make the journalism profession more diverse.”

Dr. Watson is a graduate of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, where he majored in journalism. He holds a juris doctorate from Rutgers University and a doctorate in mass communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young (Courtesy photo)

In addition, civil rights leader and former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young will receive the Ivan Allen Jr. Prize for Social Courage from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

The prize includes a $100,000 award funded by an endowment presented to the university by the Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Foundation.

Young, 86, also a former U.S. ambassador, is a graduate of Howard University and the Hartford Theological Seminary in Connecticut.

He will be honored on Sept. 13 in Atlanta.

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