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Michael J. Feeney in His Own Words: Celebrating The Career of WNBC-TV News Anchor Sue Simmons

VIDEO: What's The 411TV Pays Tribute to the Life of Michael J. Feeney

What's The 411TV pays tribute to the life of journalist Michael J. Feeney with this video when he celebrated the career of the legendary veteran news anchor Sue Simmons of WNBC-TV at an event sponsored by Essence magazine, the New York Association of Black Journalists, the Black Employees at Time Inc.

Michael Feeney worked for the New York Daily News and was president of the New York Association of Black Journalists, where he helped young aspiring journalists enter the news business including those in NYABJ's high school journalism program. Michael Feeney had landed a new job at CNN just prior to his death. 

Michael Feeney passed away on January 31, 2016, at the age of 32 years. He will be remembered as an exceptional journalist with tremendous promise and an outstanding leader

Looking Back at Former NYABJ President Michael J. Feeney Who Died At Age 32

VIDEO: In His Own Words, Michael J. Feeney shows why he was the right person to lead the NYABJ

What's The 411TV is using this video as one of its videos to pay tribute to the life of journalist Michael J. Feeney; he passed away on January 31, 2016, at the age of 32 years.

In this video, Michael Feeney is talking to What's the 411TV's Andrew Rosario, as the new president of the New York Association of Black Journalists, The interview took place at a fundraising awards event for the NYABJ.

Michael Feeney worked for the New York Daily News and was president of the New York Association of Black Journalists, where he helped young aspiring journalists enter the news business including those in NYABJ's high school journalism program. Originally from Teaneck, New Jersey, New York City had become Feeney's second home. As a young reporter for the New York Daily News, Feeney covered the "village" of Harlem in Manhattan. Michael Feeney had landed a new job as an entertainment reporter at CNN just prior to his death from a staph infection in his kidney.

Just prior to his death from a staph infection in his kidney, Michael Feeney had landed his dream job as an entertainment reporter for CNN.

He will be remembered as an exceptional journalist with tremendous promise and an outstanding leader who did not run away from adversity.

Congratulations to New York Association of Black Journalists (NYABJ)

NYABJ Named a Finalist for NABJ Professional Chapter of the Year

The NY Chapter of the Association of Black Journalist, representing the nation's largest media market also had a strong year of membership growth and program development.

Michael Feeney, a reporter with New York Daily News and 2010's NABJ Emerging Journalist of the Year, credits the chapter’s networking events as one of the reasons NYABJ's paid memberships has grown to more than 140 members. This includes its hugely successful Late Summer Mixer, at Neely's Barbecue Parlor in Manhattan. The mixers have become such a draw that RSVP is required.

NYABJ remained on the political forefront of the 2012 election season by teaming up with Young Professionals United for Change for a Vice Presidential debate watch party, with remarks from Roland Martin and Keli Goff. Feeney said Actress Lynn Whitfield also attended; and the chapter also hosted a Presidential Election panel, Campaigns through the Lens of the Media on the night before the elections.

NYABJ's signature annual Scholarship & Awards Banquet increased in notoriety and recognition in 2012.

"We honored the work of more than 40 journalists,” said Feeney. “The event also garnered widespread media attention because Beyoncé was among the award winners. She thanked NYABJ in a video posted online."

Beyoncé was honored for Essence article "Eat, Play, Love," about how a nine-month break changed her life.

NYABJ also kept true to its purpose of honoring pioneers in journalism and grooming the next generation.

"We also honored WNBC anchor Sue Simmons in a special awards ceremony," Feeney added.

He also praised NYABJ's FIRST TAKE, a free eight-week high school journalism workshop that meets once a week at Brooklyn's Long Island University campus. It trains some 20 students in reporting and producing stories in multimedia formats under the tutelage of NYC's top journalists.

"We know that the workshop is giving city kids something positive to do and it's helping to mold the next wave of journalists. We're so proud of this program and the kids amaze us every year," Feeney continued.

Essence Magazine Editor Constance C.R. White Spills The Tea

VIDEO: Essence magazine editor Constance C.R. White spoke to What's The 411 correspondent, Andrew Rosario, at NYABJ about the changes at Essence

One of the latest changes at Essence is that the magazine lowered the age of the average reader. It did so while still keeping the legacy reader, the foundation of the magazine. A multi-generational magazine reaching women from age 16 to 66, Essence has elevated the look of the magazine, while still advocating for and celebrating Black women.

The interview was conducted at the NY Association of Black Journalists annual gala.

NYABJ Lifetime Achievement Award to Journalist Robert Naylor, Jr.

Watch VIDEO: Robert Naylor Jr.

What's The 411 TV correspondent Barbara Bullard converses with veteran journalist, Robert Naylor Jr., winner of the NY Association of Black Journalists Lifetime Achievement Award.

Mr. Naylor is known throughout the industry as a creator of a mentorship program for aspiring and new journalists. He talks to Barbara about the ideals of commitment and service and the characteristics of a good journalist.

The interview was conducted at the NY Association of Black Journalists annual gala.

Pat Battle and Shannon Lanier Host Annual NYABJ Fundraiser

VIDEO: Pat Battle and Shannon Lanier excited to host the NYABJ's annual fundraising gala

What's The 411 correspondent, Andrew Rosario, interviews WNBC-TV News Anchor Pat Battle and Black Enterprise Reporter Shannon Lanier, the hosts of the New York Association of Black Journalists annual scholarship gala.

Battle and Lanier discuss the importance of NYABJ membership, advice to aspiring minority journalists, and the late Gil Noble, a legendary veteran journalist who was a staple at WABC-TV News with his weekly news commentary show, Like It Is.

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