Saturday, September 30, 2006
Ribbon cutting ceremony
From left to right: Monique Fields, the Honorable Frank Peterman, Jr., Dr. V. Mark Durand
Keynote Speaker Leon Dash
Pulitzer Prize winning writer Leon Dash is the inaugural speaker in the first annual event, which will feature an honorary speaker and a student speaker.
Dash is an investigative and Special Projects reporter at The Washington Post. He won the Pulitzer in 1995 for Rosa Lee's Story which told the story of a woman who rose above the negative surroundings of her upbringing. Dash currently teaches at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Research by Mike Colapietro
Karen Brown Dunlap
Karen Brown Dunlap, president of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, met Peggy Peterman about 20 years ago at the St. Petersburg Times and they were also in the same sorority, Delta Sigma Beta.
Karen Brown Dunlap attended today's grand opening and dedication, and gave us an opportunity to provide great insight on today's event.
Newsroom Plaque Dedication
Dr. G. Michael Killenberg, founder of the NNB, spoke of the Bureau's inception.
"Peggy really inspired me," said Killenberg. "[She] shattered cliches of vision all the time."
On behalf of the Neighborhood News Bureau, Dr. Tony Silvia presented a personal plaque to the Honorable Frank Peterman, Jr. and his family in honor of his late mother, Peggy M. Peterman.
"My mother was a kind a gentle person mixed with a fiery side," Peterman said in a tearful speech. "She didn't pull any punches."
"She often said, 'I wouldn't take nothing for my dreams,'" said Peterman.
Written by Whitney Stoutimore
The Honorable Frank Peterman, Jr. and his wife June Kicklighter
Photo by Nate Kurant
About Peggy M. Peterman
Peggy Peterman worked at the St. Petersburg Times for 31 years as a reporter, columnist and editorial writer. Peterman helped to desegregate the newspaper, working towards the abolition of the Negro news page in May 1967. Among her accomplishments, Peterman helped many black youths to understand their ancestry by establishing an annual Black History Pageant in 1978. After retiring from the paper in 1996, the Times created the Peggy Mitchell Peterman Scholarship to be awarded to an exceptional Florida A&M University journalism student each year, including a $5,000 award and a summer internship. In 1999, the International Women's Media Foundation awarded Peterman with the Lifetime Achievement Award, joining such media icons as Barbara Walters, Helen Thomas and Katherine Graham. In 2001, Peterman was awarded with a Human and Civil Rights Award from the National Education Association. Peterman trailblazed the path for both women and the African-American community.
St. Petersburg Times file photo
"My ambition as a journalist was always to help the public understand who and what the African-American family and culture was all about." - Peggy M. Peterman
Dedication Breakfast Pictures
Today's event begins with a continental breakfast
- Tony Silvia, Director, Department of Journalism & Media Studies
- Karen A. White, Regional Chancellor, USF St. Petersburg
- Goliath Davis, Deputy Mayor, City of St. Petersburg
- G. Michael Killenberg, Founder, Neighborhood News Bureau
- The Honorable Frank Peterman, Jr., Representative, Florida District 55
- Leon Dash, Pulitzer Prize Winner, Peggy M. Peterman Lecture in Community Journalism
- Casey Cora, Graduate Student, Department of Journalism & Media Studies
Grand Opening of the Neighborhood News Bureau
Photo: Nate Kurant
The Department of Journalism and Media Studies at USF St. Petersburg welcomes you to the live blog coverage of the grand opening of the Neighborhood News Bureau and dedication of the Peggy M. Peterman Newsroom.
The Neighborhood News Bureau was created in 1997 by G. Michael Killenberg, founding director of USF St. Petersburg's Journalism & Media Studies department. Hear Dr. Killenberg and what other members of the community have to say about the News Bureau. Read what St. Petersburg Times writer Jon Wilson reported about Dr. Killenberg and the Bureau in 2001.
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Read here in the St. Petersburg Times.