TNCC Names Broadcast Journalist Barbara Ciara as its Sixth Presidential Leadership Award Recipient

Published: January 11, 2012

Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) has selected award-winning broadcast journalist Barbara Ciara to receive its Sixth Annual Presidential Leadership Award. As part of TNCC’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day observance, the award presentation takes place Thursday, Jan. 19 at 9 a.m. on the Hampton campus in the Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium, Templin Hall. At TNCC’s Historic Triangle campus in Williamsburg, a reception takes place at 11 a.m. on the second floor landing.

The College established its Presidential Leadership Award to honor Dr. King’s the life and work by recognizing an outstanding community leader and important role model for students.

Also as part of TNCC’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day observances, faculty and staff volunteers  will participate in community service at a Hampton Soup Kitchen,  Warwick Forest Assisted Outreach Center in Newport News and the Grove Christian Outreach Center in Williamsburg.  Contact for details about these Jan. 13 and Jan. 20 community service efforts.

Ciara is a member of the WTKR NewsChannel 3 team and a columnist for “The Daily Press.” She has more than 25 years of experience in news having begun her career at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona while also attending the University of Arizona. A 2000 summa cum laude graduate of Hampton University, she earned the distinction of being the youngest female and first African-American to become news director at a commercial television station in the Southwest in 1978.

Ciara recently served as president of UNITY: Journalists of Color, Inc. and the National Association of Black Journalists. In these roles, she advocated for diversity in the newsroom, balanced coverage and increased roles for minorities in management positions.

Other public service endeavors have included service on the Virginia Marine Science Museum board, the advisory board for the Food bank of Southeastern Virginia Inc., the Virginia Stage Company, the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association.

She also volunteers with the Tidewater AIDS Crisis Taskforce, Habitat for Humanity, Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughters, American Cancer Society, Candi House, the Urban League of Hampton Roads, the Joy Fund and the Boys and Girls Clubs. She is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.

For more information about TNCC’s Presidential Leadership Award, or Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day observances, please call the Office of Public Relations and Marketing at 757-825-2725.


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