April Ryan, second from left, and daughters share a moment with Byron Allen, founder of the GRIOT Allen Media Group. (Photo by Deborah Bailey)

By Deborah Bailey,
AFRO D.C. News Editor

Veteran journalist April Ryan was honored April 30 by The GRIOT, Allen Media
Group for 25 years of service as a White House reporter, the longest tenure for a
black woman in the White House press corps. ”A Seat At the Table” was the theme for a star studded event to pay tribute to Ryan held at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington. The gala honoring Ryan and celebrating black media was attended by Ryan’s media colleagues across the nation, political figures, entertainers, family and friends, and her supporters from her native Baltimore roots.

Chris Tucker served as emcee for the evening featuring entertainment by Mary J.
Blige and D-Nice.

GRIOT founder Byron Allen said that it was important to celebrate the achievements of black correspondents and black owned media outlets. “It is essential that we recognize our own talent and giftedness if no one else does,” Allen said to the AFRO.

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