Supervisor Honors Beverly White for Exemplary Journalism

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas presents a scroll to NBC4 reporter Beverly White, flanked by members of the Board of Supervisors, top executives from NBC4 Southern California, and members of the National Association of Black Journalists – Los Angeles. Photo by Diandra Jay/Board of Supervisors.

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas presented NBC4 reporter Beverly White with a scroll in honor of her being chosen to receive the 2018 Chuck Stone Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ).

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas with NBC4 reporter Beverly White and her husband, Xavier Higgs. Photo by David Franco/Board of Supervisors.

“It is a national acknowledgement of how her extraordinary work as a journalist has contributed to the enrichment, understanding and advancement of black life and culture,” Supervisor Ridley-Thomas said during the ceremony at the Los Angeles County Hall of Administration.

White has covered a variety of breaking local and national stories during her nearly 40-year career, including the Northridge earthquake, the Montecito mudslides, and the Boston Marathon bombings. She has said that she was drawn to journalism because of its power to help correct racial disparities through accurate and thoughtful news coverage of important issues.

As a pioneering black woman in this highly competitive field, she has been an inspiration to many, as well as a mentor to the next generation of reporters.

“I am humbled to have Los Angeles County’s most influential body of elected officials acknowledge my NABJ Chuck Stone Lifetime Achievement Award,” White said. “This recognition touches my heart since I’ve spent most of my career in LA, covering civil unrest, labor actions, natural disasters and more.”

Members of the National Association of Black Journalists – Los Angeles (L-R): Marqueeda LaStar, Robert Harrell, Veronica Hendrix, Tre’Vell Anderson, Beverly White, Lois Pitter Bruce, Xavier Higgs, and Jarrett Hill. Photo by David Franco/Board of Supervisors.

Born and raised in Killeen, Texas, White was one of four children and the first in her household to finish college. After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin, she reported for news stations in Waco, San Antonio, Cincinnati and Miami. Her reporting on Hurricane Andrew earned her and her news team a Peabody Award.

Her career took a meaningful turn when she attended an NABJ convention and met the executive who ultimately recruited her to join NBC4 in Los Angeles, where she recently celebrated her 25th anniversary.

Aside from the Peabody Award, White is also a recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Journalist Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, the 2008 California Legislative Black Caucus Leadership Award, and many other honors.

“Beverly White is simply a legend, a broadcasting mainstay,” said NABJ President Sarah Glover, social media editor for NBC-owned television stations. “For more than a quarter of a century, Beverly has been delivering strong news stories in the country’s second-largest market. To say she has a powerful presence that resonates with her viewers would be an understatement.”

Working nights allows White to meet with students during the day and encourage them to enter the profession. She has served as a scholar-in-residence at Citrus College and an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California.

“I think Beverly is the ultimate example of what a black journalist is, what a black journalist can be, and a really great person who has a great heart,” said Tre’vell Anderson, president of NABJ – Los Angeles, and a film reporter at the Los Angeles Times.

The NABJ bestows its Lifetime Achievement award on journalists with at least 15 years of experience and a track record of extraordinary contributions to the enrichment, understanding and advancement of black life and culture. The award is named after Chuck Stone, late columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News and former Tuskegee Airman, who died in 2014.

L-R: Senior VP of Government Affairs for NBC Universal Steve Nissen; NBC4 Southern California President and General Manager Steve Carlson; Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas; NBC4 reporter Beverly White, NBC4 Southern California VP for News Todd Mokhtari; NBC4 Southern California VP for Communications and Community Affairs Terri Hernandez Rosales; and NBC4 Executive Producer Carlos Hopkins. Photo by David Franco/Board of Supervisors.