Oakland Post Editor Chauncey Bailey was honored posthumously by the Nieman Fellows in Journalism at Harvard in Cambridge, Mass., last week for his fearless pursuit of the truth and his work as a vocal advocate for the black community.
Bailey, who was slain in August while investigating stories about allegations of police corruption and an impending bankruptcy at Your Black Muslim Bakery in Oakland, was recognized with the Lyons Award for conscience and integrity.
Last Month Bailey received the George Polk award from the Long Island University in New York for his courageous contributions to investigative journalism.He was chosen by the Nieman class for these two traits, said Bob Giles, curator for the Nieman Foundation.“In the end, after looking at the other nominees, the fellows chose to honor Bailey for his leadership with the Oakland Post and the investigative work he was pursuing,” he said.In his journalism career, Bailey worked for the Oakland Tribune, the Detroit News and the Hartford Courant. Giles called him a courageous editor, whose passion for watchdog journalism in the interest of serving his community is a powerful model for local newspapers.Andrew Meldrum, a journalist who has covered Zimbabwe for the past 20 years, presented the award.Conway Jones, Capitol Post Editor, attended the ceremony and received the honor on behalf of the Post Newsgroup.Post Editor Paul Cobb said “the courage Bailey showed while investigating allegations against the Oakland Police Department has given courage to many journalists including those in the Chauncey Bailey Project.” Cobb said even though the preliminary hearing and trial for Devaughndre Broussard, the alleged shooter who confessed and later recanted his confession, has been postponed to allow his attorney time to review discovery information, he expects the journalistic efforts to complete the stories Bailey started “to stay on course.”Cobb said “people are still coming forth to offer information about Bailey’s work and circumstances surrounding his death.”Bailey, who was gunned down in downtown Oakland, in the line of duty, was also honored by Reporters Without Borders.
By Angela Hart, Oakland Tribune and Post Staff.