Featured journalist: Bobbi Booker
We'll finish off the week right by featuring Bobbi Booker, Lifestyle and Leisure Reporter with the Philadelphia Tribune. This self-professed urban culture observer and adventurer covers everything from travel to race to gadgets to lifestyle. She is an award-winning Philadelphia-based journalist, radio personality and blogger whose editorial experience includes diverse publications including Examiner.com, BlackAmericaWeb.com, Philadelphia magazine, Philadelphia Weekly, Smooth magazine, UBO.net and online at The Book Report.
Booker has completed the 2008 Peter Jennings Project for Journalists and the Constitution and is a 2005 Fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Journalism Institute in Classical Music and Opera at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and 2008 Fellow of the NEA Arts Journalism Institute for Dance Criticism at the American Dance Festival at Duke University. In 1981, Ms. Booker launched her professional broadcast career at NPR affiliate WRTI-Fm 90.1 as a news reporter and in 1999, was named co-host of "Ovations." She has also been honored by Pennsylvania State Senator Vincent Hughes with the 2008 7th Senatorial District Community Service Award and received back-to-back (2010 & 2011) National Newspaper Publishers Association’s Merit Award for Best Lifestyle Section.
As for what story she is most proud of writing, she had this to say: "In speaking with Rodney King several weeks before his death, I was touched by his quiet sense of purpose in using the word 'American Negro'." You can find that story here. Be sure to check out the rest of Booker's finest work here, in her Muck Rack portfolio.