Pope Inducted Into NABJ Hall of Fame
Capitol Broadcasting Company Corporate Vice President of Community Relations Paul Pope received induction into the National Association of Black Journalists Regional Hall of Fame at a luncheon in Atlanta on Saturday, May 31, 2003.
CBC’s Paul Pope shows off his induction plaque with his niece, Shauna Marie Phillips.
Pope joins the other inductees (l to r): Stan Washington, keynote speaker Willie Gary, Pope & William Sutton.
“In a time when the level of retention and promotion of journalists of color continues to dip, our inductees and so many other pioneers continue to encourage, criticize, excel and perservere,” said Nadirah Sabir, chair of the event planning committee.
Also inducted were Stan E. Washington, editor of the Atlanta Voice newspaper, and William W. Sutton, deputy managing editor at the News & Observer in Raleigh.
Paul Pope accepted his induction with pride.
Pope was joined in Atlanta for the ceremony with several of his fraternity brothers.
The induction ceremony took place during the NABJ’s Region IV Conference & Career Fair at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Atlanta. Willie E. Gary, Chairman & CEO of the Major Broadcasting Cable (MBC) Television Network, served as the keynote speaker for the luncheon.
Pope’s Induction Feature:
For more than 30 years, Paul Pope has built a career as diverse as it is dynamic.
A native of Raleigh, Pope graduated from NC Central University in 1975 and also served a 12-month tour of duty in Vietnam with the US Marine Corps.
Upon his return to civilian life, Pope rejoined Capitol Broadcasting Company. He was the host of a television talk show for five years, and was WRAL’s first African American engineering operations manager. In 1988, he was named the first African American station manager in the history of Capitol Broadcasting Company.
In 1990, he assumed the position of general manager of Global Radio Corporation, a subsidiary of Capitol Broadcasting Company. In 1992, he was named Capitol Broadcasting Company’s first African American vice president and general manager of Capitol Satellite and Communications Systems, Inc.
In November 2000, Pope was appointed vice president of community relations.
Pope is also very active in the community, serving for over 30 years with the Explorer Program of the Boy Scouts of America.