The Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) says it will present its first ever “Distinguished Friend of the Caribbean” award to Brenda Blackmon, the award-winning current anchor at WPIX11 TV in New York, for her passion for the Caribbean, as well as her “untiring dedication in supporting CTO with numerous key events.”
“Always ready to assist, Blackmon has played an integral role in the State of the Tourism Industry Conference (SOTIC) in Barbados, the Conference on Sustainable Tourism Development, important keynote speaker at countless functions on the Caribbean and host of the elegant CTO Governments of the Caribbean State Ball on multiple occasions,” said CTO in a statement on Wednesday.
Blackmon will be honoured during the Caribbean Tourism Industry Awards gala, on June 6, which recognizes excellence in promoting the Caribbean and honors individuals whose “outstanding, passionate and dedicated work has contributed to the development and success of the region.”
The ceremonywill take place during Caribbean Week New York
“I just want to be a friend you can continue to count on. One Caribbean – the places of my fondest memories,” said Blackmon. “I am so grateful for being presented with the ‘Distinguished Friend of the Caribbean’ award by the CTO.”
Blackmon, a five-time Emmy award-winning journalist, has been nominated for 16 additional Emmys and more than a dozen Associated Press awards.
She was a longtime anchor for New York City’s WWOR-9 TV and is the recipient of two Edward R. Murrow awards for broadcast excellence
“I am pleased that the Caribbean Tourism Organization has chosen to recognize Brenda for her devotion and affection toward the region,” said Sylma Brown, director, CTO-USA.
“Whenever CTO needs a helping hand, Brenda readily and quickly commits her time and talent. She truly embodies the spirit of the Caribbean,” Brown said.