Janis Ware, James Washington, Chia Suggs, Bria Suggs, Alexis Grace, Madeline Thigpen,  Darius Goodman, Itoro Umontuen, Dawn Montgomery, Trarell Torrence. All photos taken by Trarell Torrence.

At the 2022 National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) Fund’s Messenger Awards, the Atlanta Voice’s content was recognized by seven awards, including three awards for best content in category. The award ceremony took place on June 24 in New Orleans, as part of the NNPA’s salutation of the 195th anniversary of the Black Press of America.

Thigpen, an education reporter for The Atlanta Voice and corps member of Report for America, was especially grateful to be recognized by an association as revered as the NNPA.

“I’m proud to be recognized by the NNPA for my reporting,” Thigpen said. “My story about the Harvard Debate Council Diversity Project was special because I appreciate the platform of being able to write about stories of success within the Black community.

“Members of the Black press are often overlooked, which is why it’s so important that we champion one another.”

The Atlanta Voice won awards in the following categories:

         1st Place for Facebook Campaign – “Election Central” – This award honors the best use of Facebook in a marketing campaign.

         2nd Place for Instagram – “Giving Tuesday” video – This award honors the campaign most effectively integrating across social and traditional media channels., working together to create a unifying message and succeeded in meeting its goals.

         3rd Place for Social Justice – “Getting into Good Trouble for Voting” – Bria Suggs

3rd Place for Original Photography – “Support Grows for Arbery” – Bria Suggs, Madeline Thigpen & Alexis Grace

1st Place for Sports – “The First Five Honored” – Itoro Umontuen & Darius Goodman

2nd Place for Youth & Children – “Female Duo Win Harvard’s International Debate Competition – Madeline Thigpen

1st Place for Video Campaign – “Be The Voice, Read The Voice” – Trarell Torrence

Chia Suggs began her tenure as the Executive Assistant to the Publisher in October 2018. Born in Dallas, Texas, she was raised and has lived in metro Atlanta since she was a child. The communities the...