NAJA selects Mary Annette Pember as 2018 NAJA-Medill Milestone Achievement Award recipient

Posted by NAJA on 05/31/2018

NORMAN, Okla. -- The Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) has selected Mary Annette Pember as the recipient of the 2018 NAJA-Medill Milestone Achievement Award. 

Pember was nominated by the NAJA-Medill selection committee for her lifetime of service to journalism and many years of dedication to NAJA as a longtime member and leader of the organization.

Pember is an independent journalist focusing on Native American issues. In her writing and photography she has covered subjects including the high rates of sexual assault among Native women, sex trafficking, health, impact of historical trauma on Native communities and environmental challenges on Native lands, federal policy issues as well as cultural and spiritual topics.

She is a past president and executive director of the Native American Journalists Association, and winner of several industry awards and fellowships from the International Center for Journalism, Women in Communications, The Associated Press, USC Annenberg, the Carter Center, The University of Maryland and others.

She is an enrolled member of the Red Cliff Band of Wisconsin Ojibwe tribe and currently lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her family.

A $5,000 cash prize will also be presented in partnership with the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications at Northwestern University located in Evanston, Illinois.

Dr. Patty Loew will present the award on behalf of Medill during the NAJA Membership Luncheon and Business Meeting on Thursday, July 19 at the 2018 National Native Media Conference in Miami.

Members of the selection committee, including past winners, will present the award to Pember who will be a featured speaker for the event.

Luncheon tickets are available for purchase to all conference attendees for $50 on the NAHJ conference registration site at: