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Leon Bibb honored as 2014 Black Professional of the Year

James W. Wade III | 8/6/2014, 11:47 a.m.
In 1978, Leon Bibb interviewed James Earl Ray, the convicted assassin of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Ray’s ...
Leon Bibb

The Black Professionals Association Charitable Foundation has selected Leon Bibb, News Anchor and Reporter for WEWS-TV 5, to receive the 2014 Black Professional of the Year award. This prestigious honor recognizes distinguished African Americans who have demonstrated excellence in leadership and made significant contributions to the community.

Leon Bibb will receive the award at the BPACF 34th Anniversary Scholarship and Awards Gala. The gala will take place Sat., Nov. 8, 2014 at 6 p.m. at the Executive Caterers at Landerhaven, 6111 Landerhaven Drive, Mayfield Heights, Ohio.

Bibb is News Anchor for the noon broadcast and the host of the Kaleidoscope program at WEWS-TV5, the ABC television station in Cleveland, OH.

A veteran journalist and broadcaster Bibb worked for 16 years at WKYC-TV3 in Cleveland before joining WEWS in 1995. During his career, Bibb has worked at television stations in Columbus, Toledo, and Bowling Green, Ohio. Leon actually began his career as a print journalist. Upon graduation from Bowling Green State University, Leon worked as a reporter for the Plain Dealer newspaper. While in college he worked as a cub reporter for the Call & Post Newspaper.

Bibb covers stories throughout Ohio on a regular basis. He has also delivered national stories, including the Persian Gulf War, when he was imbedded with an Ohio-based Coast Guard unit. In 2011, Leon interviewed President Barack Obama in a one-on-one interview at the White House. Leon has interviewed President George H. W. Bush in the White House and interviewed Neil Armstrong ten years after Armstrong’s historic walk on the moon.

In 1978, Leon Bibb interviewed James Earl Ray, the convicted assassin of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Ray’s prison cell at Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary (TN).

The black-tie, honoring ceremony and fundraising gala will be hosted by Honorary Chairpersons Steven Minter Visiting Professor of Cleveland State University; David Whitehead – retired executive, FirstEnergy; Randell McShepard, Vice President of External Affairs, RPM International; and Hilton Smith, Senior Vice President of Community Affairs, Turner Construction. The gala general chair is Mrs. Marsha Mockabee, President and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Cleveland.

This year’s theme is “Celebrating Life, Legacy and Literacy: The Impact of Eloquence.”

Patrons of the event will be treated to an evening of fine dining and live entertainment, climaxed with a salute to Leon Bibb for his outstanding service to Northern Ohio.

Proceeds from this premier annual fundraising event will be used to further the mission of BPACF by providing deserving college-bound students from Northeast Ohio with scholarship and leadership development opportunities.

Over $3 million have been awarded from BPACF to more than 500 African-American students and local nonprofits serving at-risk youth since 1985.

Tickets are on sale at www.bpacf.org. Sponsorship opportunities are available through October 15, 2014. For additional information, please call (216) 229-7110 or visit www.BPACF.org.