General Alumni Association Honors Three with Distinguished Young Alumni Awards

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(Chapel Hill, N.C. — Oct. 16, 2017) — The General Alumni Association of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill honored two journalists and a nonprofit entrepreneur with Distinguished Young Alumni Awards.

The recipients of the 2017 awards are: Brooke Baldwin, of New York, an anchor for CNN; Nicholas Black of Mount Pleasant, S.C., founder of entrepreneurial nonprofits; and Nikole Hannah-Jones, of Brooklyn, N.Y., a writer for The New York Times Magazine.

“The remarkable accomplishments of many of Carolina’s younger alumni such as Brooke, Nick and Nikole are truly inspiring,” said GAA President Douglas Dibbert.

The awards were presented by the GAA Board of Directors at its fall board meeting. The GAA has given the awards since 1989, recognizing alumni age 40 or younger at the time of their selection for bringing credit to the University through their achievements.

Baldwin, who graduated from UNC in 2001 with a degree in journalism and mass communication, is the midafternoon host of “CNN Newsroom,” among other duties for the network.

Baldwin, who was the keynote speaker at UNC’s spring Commencement this year, has covered top stories of the day, such as the Sandy Hook massacre, the bombing at the Boston Marathon, a terrorist attack in France, the wars in the Middle East and the 2016 presidential campaign.

Twice she has been part of a Peabody Award-winning team at CNN — once for coverage of the 2008 presidential election and another time for the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. She won two Emmys as part of a news team covering breaking news. In 2012, the New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards bestowed on her its Silver World Medal for Best Investigative Report for her first hour-long documentary, “To Catch a Killer.”

Black, who graduated from UNC in 2013 with an MBA, is co-founder of Stop Soldier Suicide (SSS), a nonprofit dedicated to preventing suicide …

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