Barbadian Journalist Wins UNFPA Diaspora Award
WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 24, 2004) –
Derrice Deane of Voice of America in Washingtoon DC is the winner of
the United Nations Population Fund's new Diaspora Award for
excellence in reporting on Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health and
Deane, a Washington DC-based national of Barbados, took honors at
last Friday's Caribbean Media Awards ceremony in Kingston, Jamaica
for an entry entitled "Staying Alive: HIV/AIDS Youth Prevention
Barbadian-born Deane received the special award from Marsha Suraj,
Continental Airlines' Sales Manager for Trinidad and Tobago and
Barbados. She also picked up US$750 in cash, compliments of
Coca-Cola and UNFPA for her entry which won her the runner-up gold
position in the radio category.
As a teenager, Derrice prepared the program log for the inaugural
broadcast of the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation. She then worked
and studied throughout Europe and Canada before spending 25 years at
the World Bank in Washington D.C. While there, her passion for the
Caribbean found an outlet as a volunteer newscaster, broadcasting
the region's news on the local Pacifica station, WPFW, every
Saturday evening. That led to the Voice of America where for the
past eight years she has interviewed Caribbean Heads of State,
academicians, politicians, authors, artists and diplomats, as she
sought to generate intra-regional dialogue and international
awareness of regional issues.
Continental Airlines, the second largest carrier to Latin America
and the Caribbean, operates direct nonstop flights to 18
destinations on 12 islands in the Caribbean from its New York/Newark
hub, as well as flights to six Caribbean destinations from Houston.
The airline is committed to the Caribbean-American community. "Hence
the reason we are particularly pleased to sponsor the Diaspora Award
... since many of our customers are from the Caribbean, residing in
the U.S. and frequently travel back home to visit friends and
family," said Marsha Suraj. She underscored Continental Airlines'
commitment to the Caribbean through the increase of its service to
the Caribbean by 22 percent since September 2003.
The annual UNFPA Caribbean Media Awards awards is co-produced by