Scott, a longtime anchor of ESPN’s SportsCenter, was one of the most visible TV personalities of his generation, and is credited with assisting countless young journalists in crafting their careers and changing the way sports broadcasting was done.
“We’re proud to induct Stuart Scott into the Hall of Fame,” NABJ President Bob Butler said. “His work ethic and contributions to the field set the bar high for everyone in the profession. His authenticity and fresh perspective shaped his legacy, which we’re proud to be a part of.”
The Hall of Fame inductees will be honored at NABJ’s 40th Anniversary Gala in Washington, DC on December 16, 2015.
Scott attended R.J. Reynolds High in Winston-Salem and then the University of North Carolina, where he played wide receiver and defensive back on the club football team, the network reported. He also joined Alpha Phi Alpha at UNC and worked at the student radio station, WXYC, according to ESPN. He joined ESPN2 in 1993 and worked his way to the anchor chair at the main network.
Scott earned the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance at the ESPYs last summer, and NABJ Sports Task Force honored Scott at last year’s convention in Boston.
Scott passed away in January from cancer, and is survived by two daughters, Taelor,19, and Sydni,15.
An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation, and provides career development as well as educational and other support to its members worldwide. For additional information, please visit,www.nabj.org.