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Rep. John Lewis On the Public Service and Career of WSB Icon Jocelyn Dorsey

June 15, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON- Members of the Georgia delegation paused today to pay tribute to Jocelyn Dorsey, the first African American television news anchor in Atlanta, and the first at WSB-TV.  Jocelyn has won numerous awards for her work with WSB-TV, including seven Southeast Regional EMMYS for Editorial Excellence from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS).  She was the first African-American inducted into the SE Region NATAS Silver Circle,  the first woman and first African-American to receive the Georgia Association of Broadcasters (GAB) Broadcaster’s Citizen of the Year Award, a lifetime-achievement award.  Jocelyn was also inducted into the National Association of Black Journalists Hall of Fame, and has been named National Media Woman of the Year by the National Association of Media Women. Other civic honors include an Empowerment Award presented by the League of Women Voters of Georgia,  and the YWCA Academy of Women Achievers, and The Winnie Mandela Humanitarian Award of HonorAs the dean of the Georgia delegation, Rep. Lewis topped off the tribute with these words:

            "Jocelyn Dorsey has won some of the highest honors the field of broadcasting has to offer.  And in many categories, she is the first one to do it.  She is an Emmy-award winning journalist and the first African American woman to appear on a daily news show in Atlanta.   She is the first woman and the first African American to receive the Georgia Association of Broadcasting's, lifetime achievement award,  and  Broadcaster Citizen of the Year, among many other honors.  She has achieved so much.   I wouldn't have enough time here today to mention it all. 

            " I've known Jocelyn ever since she first came to Atlanta, decades ago.  How do you put into a few short words, the gift that is 40 years of one person's life?  It's not easy to sum up all we have seen together, all she has done, and what she means to our community, to our city, our State, and to our nation.   But when you boil it all down, Jocelyn Dorsey stands for trust, credibility, generosity, and human kindness.

            "Jocelyn is a professional who shines in the spotlight, who deserves the fame and acclaim, but the reason she lasted 40 years in a tough business is because she loved the people and the institution she served.  We could feel it, and we loved her back.

            "Jocelyn wants to touch people.  She wants to do something that helps create life-changing outcomes for those around her.  Her work was not a job, it was a way of life.  She has traveled the length and breadth of America on her motorcycle, even as far away as Fairbanks, Alaska, meeting people as she went.

            "She served on community boards in Atlanta to help the disabled, to mentor young girls, to support minority businesses, children's shelters, voter empowerment, and many other worthy causes.  She gave her time and used her power as a broadcaster, not because it was fashionable, but because it was the right thing to do.  It was right.

            "Jocelyn Dorsey has won just about every accolade she could win in her region.  I don't know whether I can offer any words that will surpass what she has already heard.  But we brought her here to the House of Representatives to celebrate her retirement because she is a committed, dedicated citizen of this country, a woman who took her responsibility as an American seriously, and did all she could to help others in any way she could. 

            "I know, and I truly believe, that WSB is sorry to see her go, but as a community, we are glad to know where she will stay--in our hearts.  She will forever be in the hearts of all of our people, and at the center of public service in our community.  I want to say, thank you Jocelyn Dorsey for all of your great and good work, and may the blessing of the Almighty be with you.   Mr. Speaker, I yield back."