Erik Hall

Pictured, Erik Hall, recently named the 2017 LGBTQ Journalist of the Year by the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association.

CHARLESTON -- NLGJA, the national association of LGBTQ journalists, announced Aug. 7 the winners of the 2017 Excellence in Journalism Awards.

Erik Hall won the 2017 Sarah Pettit Memorial Award for the LGBTQ Journalist of the Year.

He is a 2001 graduate of Charleston High School and the son of Kris Hall of Charleston.

Hall is being honored because of his work writing for the website OutSports during 2016.

These five stories contributed to Hall receiving the award: “After having a wife and two sons, Div. I staffer accepts his sexuality as he approaches 40,” “Duke athlete 'upset' HB2 forced NCAA to move championships from North Carolina,” “174 LGBT athletes from Power Five Conference schools have come out publicly,” “Days after breaking a Big Ten record, this LGBT athlete was harassed in a restroom,” and “This Purdue diver doesn’t shy away from wearing makeup and dressing in drag.”

“We are thrilled each year by the work that is nominated for NLGJA’s Excellence in Journalism Awards,” said NLGJA President Jen Christensen, “and this year was no different. All of the award recipients are doing their fair share to advance NLGJA’s mission of promoting fair and accurate LGBTQ coverage, and it is our privilege to recognize their outstanding work.”

NLGJA has annually honored a journalist with the Sarah Pettit Memorial Award since 2003. NLGJA’s Excellence in Journalism Awards were established in 1993 to foster, recognize and reward excellence in journalism on issues related to the LGBTQ community.

The awards will be presented during the NLGJA National Convention, which takes place Sept. 7-10 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Earlier this year, the Associated Press Sports Editors honored “174 LGBT athletes from Power Five Conference schools have come out publicly” with third place in the explanatory division of its sports writing contest.

In 2016, Hall received the NLGJA Excellence in Journalism award for sports writing.

Hall has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign.

He has also worked professionally for The Roanoke (Virginia) Times, The Columbia Missourian, The San Diego (California) Union-Tribune, the Mattoon Journal-Gazette/Charleston Times-Courier, and the LaSalle (Illinois) NewsTribune.

NLGJA is an organization of journalists, news executives, media professionals, educators and students working from within the news industry to foster fair and accurate coverage of LGBTQ issues. NLGJA opposes all forms of workplace bias and provides professional development to its members.

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