The Dow Jones News Fund congratulates alumna Delores Edwards, executive producer of WGBH’s “Basic Black.” Her show is the winner of the 2020 Governors’ Award to be presented at the virtual Boston/New England Emmy® Awards on June 20.
Since 2016, Edwards has served as executive producer of “Basic Black,” the longest running live, weekly program on public television focusing on people of color.
Edwards was inspired to pursue journalism after attending the 1982 New York University summer high school journalism workshop funded by DJNF.
“Participating in the workshop provided the foundation that I needed to pursue a career in media. Having the opportunity to meet industry leaders along with the training in the workshop was unforgettable,” she wrote of her experience.
Before Basic Black, Edwards had an extensive, award-winning career writing, producing and directing for television. She produced for ABC News & News Specials, The Oprah Winfrey Show, CBS, CNN, A&E Biography, as well as wrote and produced for VH1, BET, Good Day New York and PBS.
In 2005, Edwards started marblehill MEDIA, named after the Bronx neighborhood where she grew up, to produce and develop editorial, video content, packages, public service announcements and interviews for television, print, radio, and organizations.
Edwards is a graduate of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and Northeastern University in Boston.
The News Fund has funded summer journalism workshops for diverse high school students since 1968, sparking countless careers in journalism and media.