The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) recently named USA Today news reporter Yamiche Alcindor as the 2013 Emerging Journalist of the Year.

Alcindor is one of several honorees who will be recognized this summer at the organiation’s annual convention and career fair.

Alcindor is presently a breaking news reporter at USA Today and has reported from the scenes of some of the biggest stories in recent memory. In 2012 she traveled to Sanford, Fla. to cover the Trayvon Martin story, to Tallahassee, Fla. to cover the Florida A&M University hazing scandal, and to Newtown, Conn. to cover the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

“It is inspiring to see young journalists like Yamiche take advantage of every opportunity presented them to learn, to grow, and to thrive,” NABJ President Gregory Lee, Jr. said in a statement “This is surely just the beginning of what will be a richly rewarding career for a talented young woman.”

Considered a “NABJ Baby,” Alcindor was NABJ’s summer intern at The Seattle Times and was a participant in the prestigious NABJ Student Projects, a multimedia-reporting project which allows student reporters to cover the association and the NABJ convention.

“I am especially humbled and thankful to receive such a distinguished award,” Alcindor said in a statement. “To be recognized among peers who have shown me the hard work and dedication it takes to be a black journalist is something special. As a participant of The New York Times Student Journalism Institute and NABJ Student Projects, I feel blessed to have been given the support and opportunities needed to tell the stories I have told.”

A Miami, Fla. native, Alcindor is a 2009 graduate of Georgetown University where she was a Patrick Healy Scholar and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

As a college student she interned at The Miami Herald, Mmegi, a Botswanan newspaper,, and The Washington Post.

Her career began as a reporter at Newsday where she worked for two years.

“Yamiche embodies what the Emerging Journalist of the Year Award stands for,” CNN’s All-Platform Journalist Sarah Hoye, who is also NABJ’s Student Multimedia Projects Manager, former SEED Co-Chair, and past recipient of the Emerging Journalist of the Year Award. “Engaged, curious and intrepid, Yamiche is a young and talented journalist with great promise who has distinguished herself in the field with her tenacious reporting and compelling storytelling.”