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Jos Garneo Cephas
PUL 2017/ 2018 Journalist of the Year, John Kollie
PUL 2017/ 2018 Journalist of the Year, John Kollie

GRAND BASSA, LIBERIA-The Vetting Committee of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) has adjudged the Executive Director of the Liberia Media for Democratic Initiative (LMDI), John Kollie, as 2017/ 2018 Journalist of the Year.

A member of the Vetting Committee, Horatio Bobby -Willie, said: “We tookinto consideration the basic independence, professionalism and judgment of the work of journalists being awarded before they were declared tonight”.

The Union’s 2017/ 2018 Annual Awards and Dinner Night washeld Saturday, June 9, 2018, in Buchanan City, Grand Bassa County.

The Award winning Journalist of the Year, John Kollie, told ELBC:“I did not expect to have won this prize. Itcame as a surprise,I did not apply and did not know I was being selected, rather I was called to present awards to some winners”.

Mr. Kollie further expressed shock and said: “I think I have done some great job of conscience in the Liberian media and becoming tonight the greatest of the year, I thought though lot more journalists are qualified to be but it is a chance given me which I believed this is my chance”.

The converted prize winner, prior to wining has more than twenty years’ experience in journalism and is a radio and TV producer and presenter of ‘The Dialogue ‘programthat has impacted all sector of society democratically and socially,including women andchildren.

Several journalists, including Liberia Broadcasting System (ELBC)’s MarylandCounty Correspondent, George Monoh, was adjudged Human Rights Journalist of the Year, Sampson Davis, for County Social Development Reporting Award.

Other converted winning Journalists include Gbatemah Sanah of an online outlet   Bush Chicken, winning Land Right Journalist’s Title, while Ms. Betty Johnson Mbayo of FrontPage Africa, Newspaper, swept three titles, to become the Legislative, Health and Judiciary and Women Rights and Musa Kenneh of True FM and TV, won the Legislative Journalist of the year.

The PUL Committee vetted a total of 31 entries in the areas of Judiciary Reporting, Legislative, Investigative, Development, Land Rights Health, Human rights, Gender, and Sports among others.  


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