DeWayne Wickham, veteran journalist and past president/ founder of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) will be honored with the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award during their 37th annual Convention and Career Fair in June.

“DeWayne has had an impressive career in journalism and he has achieved distinction at the highest levels. He is a true giant in our profession,” NABJ President Gregory Lee Jr. said in a statement. “Founder Wickham has touched our organization on so many levels, and we have all benefited from his commitment and dedication. He is most deserving of this honor.”

While studying at the University of Maryland, Wickham launched his career in journalism in 1973 after he obtained an internship at Baltimore’s Evening Sun newspaper. He later went on to work as a Capitol Hill correspondent for U.S. News & World Report, a reporter for the Baltimore Sun and a correspondent for Black Enterprise magazine. Wickham is currently a columnist for USA Today.

“I am humbled by NABJ’s judgment that the work I’ve done as a journalist over the past 39 years merits this special honor,” Wickham said in a statement. “Since its founding in 1975, NABJ has been a second family for me. And so, I can think of no greater capstone to my career than to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from an organization I love so deeply.”

After helping to launch NABJ, Wickham founded the Association of Black Media Workers in Baltimore and helped establish NABJ chapters in Greensboro, N.C. and Norfolk, Va. He also launched student chapters at Delaware State University and North Carolina A&T State University. At the latter university, he is a journalism professor and chair of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication.

“DeWayne continues to be an insightful columnist looking at issues that impact African Americans. He continues to offer support to fellow journalists as they navigate the difficult times in our industry,” NABJ Founder Sandra Long said in a statement. “Through his vision as a founder of NABJ and of the Trotter Group, his legacy will continue to be felt for decades to come.”

Wickham will be honored with others at NABJ’s Salute to Excellence Gala on June 23 during the organization’s 37th Annual Convention and Career Fair in New Orleans, La. For more information, visit: NABJ.org.