Alexi McCammond Is NABJ Emerging Journalist Of The Year

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Alexi McCammond will receive the 2019 National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Michael J. Feeney Emerging Journalist of the Year Award at the Aug. 9, during the Annual Hall of Fame Luncheon during the 2019 NABJ Convention in Miami.

“The 25-year-old will receive the award in recognition of her exemplary reporting that has often gone viral. She has produced thought-provoking enterprise pieces on major policy proposals, voting issues and the inner workings of the current White House administration. Most recently, McCammond was tapped to lead Axios’ 2020 elections coverage, which will include her traveling the nation talking to candidates and voters, as well as conducting focus groups with swing voters in the Midwest,” The NABJ said in a press release.

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“Alexi McCammond is a past participant in NABJ’s training programs, and we are so proud to see her develop into a journalist of great character and dedication, who has shown unwavering commitment to upholding the principles of journalism,” said NABJ President Sarah Glover. “Not only has Alexi proven herself to be a rising star in journalism, but she also exemplifies the same passion for diversity in newsrooms that Michael J. Feeney, the namesake of the award, did throughout his career.”

McCammond has also pushed for more journalists of color to be front and center. In 2018, she helped spearhead “Axions of Color,” an employee resource group designed to create a supportive community for those who identify as people of color at Axios. “Axions of Color” also aims to increase efforts to recruit more journalists of color to the company and bring awareness to issues facing people of color in media.

So who is McCammond?

The 25-year-old journalist who came into the spotlight after being involved in a controversy with President Donald Trump.

“Back when Alexi McCammond was working as an associate news editor at Bustle and was busy covering the presidential elections back in 2016, she came across Donald Trump’s path. Well, the incident came after McCammond was standing in the press pit where President Trump came near the journalists. In the meantime, Alexi McCammond set her phone on record and asked Trump how he would respond to the young women who were nervous about voting for him. But Trump then grabbed her wrist and pushed down her hand and said: ‘Put that down,’” Know Celebs reported.

McCammond recorded the incident and later tweeted it. It went viral almost immediately.

McCammond graduated from Rockford University and now also the co-owner of Rockford’s Royal Family All-Stars./