By Sean Yoes, Baltimore AFRO Editor,

AFRO crime reporter Michelle “Shell” Richardson, wears a couple of hats as a journalist; she is also an assignment editor for news station ABC—WJLA in Washington, D.C. Recently, she was honored with an Emmy for her work in television news. Richardson played an integral role in her station’s coverage of the horrific Capital Gazette shootings, which ended in the deaths of five journalists by gunman Jarrod Ramos in Annapolis June 28, 2018. It was a mass shooting that shook the world of news media to its core. Richardson and her team at WJLA won the Emmy for Outstanding Continuing Coverage.

AFRO crime reporter Michelle Richardson recently won an Emmy award for her role in WJLA’s news coverage of the Capital Gazette shootings last June. Richardson is an assignment editor for WJLA. (Photo Courtesy Michelle Richardson)

“We never went off the air,” said Richardson. “We had someone at the Gazette in Annapolis around the clock, literally 24 hours.”

Job well done Shell!


Sean Yoes

AFRO Baltimore Editor