ROCKAWAY, NJ- David Ushery, Emmy Award–winning NBC 4 New York anchor and creator of "The Debrief with David Ushery," will be the keynote speaker at the Awards Ceremony for the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), West Morris Section's sixth-grade diversity contest, called "What Prejudice Means to Me."
The Awards Ceremony, which is free and open to the public, will take place Monday, May 12, at 7 p.m., at Morris Knolls High School, 50 Knoll Drive, in Rockaway, and will honor contest grand prize winners, outstanding award winners, and those receiving honorable mention.
NCJW, West Morris Section's sixth-grade diversity contest, open to students in Morris County public, private and parochial schools, is designed to complement class lessons on reducing prejudice and gaining an appreciation of social diversity. Students' original entries are submitted either in written form—including poetry, essays, short plays, short stories, or library research—or as works of art, such as drawings, paintings or photographs. Entries are judged on originality, clarity, development of theme, and emotional content. Topics addressed in the contest entries are prejudices based on age, disability, ethnicity, family lifestyle, gender, health problems, the Holocaust, physical appearance, race and religion.
The Awards Ceremony guest speaker created "The Debrief" in 2009, and the show has been nominated for an Emmy Award for three consecutive years. Its opening lines since its inception and launch--"Eight million stories in the naked city . . . give us just a few minutes to bring you up to speed on what New Yorkers are talking about"--spell out the gist of the show. "The Debrief," a half-hour broadcast, gives viewers a unique behind-the-scenes perspective of the news by interviewing NBC 4 New York's news reporters as they cover important stories in the viewing area. It is aired on both NBC 4 New York and COZI-TV.
In 2010, a Debrief segment featuring a blog by New York City mothers launched the spin-off program, "Moms and the City and a Dad named David." Ushery and the mothers examined issues from a parent's point of view. Ushery and his wife have a son.
Ushery joined NBC 4 New York from WABC-TV, where he was noted for his work on the street. His reports include extensive, in-depth coverage of the shooting death of Amadou Diallo and the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Ushery has reported extensively outside the tri-state area as well as abroad. He traveled on multiple occasions to Haiti for a series of reports on the island's political and economic unrest; to Africa and Toronto for Pope John Paul II's visits to those countries; and to South Africa to cover the United Nations Conference on Racism.
When he was 11, Ushery was selected from a Connecticut-wide search to host the local edition of "Kidsworld," a nationally syndicated television show. He hosted Kidsworld until he was 18.
Ushery is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the 2013 "Excellence in Journalism" award from the Public Relations Society of America; the 2012 Emmy Award for Special Programming: Dead Sea Scrolls; the 2011 McDonald's Black Media Legends: Faces of Black History Award; and the National Association of Black Journalists Award for his series of reports on children and violence. The Network Journal and Black Professionals Business Magazine named Ushery one of its "40 Under-Forty" for his journalistic accomplishments. The Israeli Consulate in New York City honored him for a series of comprehensive reports and for his commitment to the community. Ushery later covered a visiting political delegation in Jerusalem.
NCJW is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. For further information about NCJW, West Morris Section, visit www.ncjwwestmorris.org.