This Sunday, October 4th, at noon WKBW is proud to air this year’s 48th Annual Black Achiever’s Awards. Channel 7’s Madison Carter hosts the show and has a story on one of our own honored photojournalists Tony Jones. Tony Jones has worked behind the scenes at Channel 7 for over 20 years. Fellow WKBW photojournalist Lou Chilelli says Tony knows how to tell a story with his video.
Dr. Marvin Wilson, Tony’s longtime mentor says he and Tony go back over twenty years. They kept in touch for years and the opportunity came for Tony to give back. Tony started serving as a mentor for Dr. Wilson’s Men of Merit program out of SUNY Erie years ago. Dr. Wilson said he told Tony he was starting a program that is a support network dedicated to improving academic success for men enrolled at Buffalo State College. He told Tony they need a mentor and Tony said sign me up.
Tony severs on numerous community boards and in 1995 he was one of the founders of the WNY Minority Media Professionals. This was the first organization dedicated to promoting social and educational opportunities in media for minorities in the area.
Tony has won some awards for his work over the years. He was nominated for an Emmy for his work on WKBW New’s programs like our Dyngus Day special which he is known dedicating countless hours to pull off.
Tony received a bachelor’s degree from the SUNY at Albany and got his masters at Buffalo State where he has taught in the business department for years.
Tony says he lives by simple values: lead by example, always tell the truth, and inspire others to believe that they can achieve success.
From all of us at WKBW congratulations to Tony Jones our recipient of a 2020 Black Achievers Award.
The 48th Annual Black Achiever’s Awards virtual event is taking place this Saturday from 8-11pm and you can see on 7 Plus and streaming on WKBW.com It will also be broadcasted on Channel 7, this Sunday, October 4th at 12pm.