TSU Students Visit Tennessean Conference Room Dedicated to Deceased NABJ Member

From left, Staff writer Brianna Sparrow, Editor-in-Chief KaBria Kirkham and Staff writer Nyah Peebles stand next to a photo of Deceased Tennessee Reporter and TSU Professor Getahn Ward

Nashville, TENN – During a Nov. 22 visit to The Tennessean Newsroom, three Tennessee State University (TSU) staffers for The Meter, the University’s student-run newspaper, had a chance to view the Getahn Ward Conference room. The space includes a table with four chairs, a cabinet displaying awards won by Ward while he worked there and a white board for writing ideas.

Getahn Ward (Photo courtesy of nashvillenabj.com)
Getahn Ward 

Ward was an award-winning business reporter at The Tennessean who suddenly died of illness in December 2016. He was an active member of the Nashville chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists. There he chaired the chapter’s Scholarship committee; he also guided students that needed student loans.

Ward was an editor of The Meter when he attended TSU in the 1990s. His experience at the student paper led him to the Tennessean.

He was also an adjunct in the Communications Dept. at TSU, teaching an introductory journalism course for many years. The Communications Dept. under the leadership of Dr. Tameka Winston named a Newsroom after Ward following his sudden passing.

The Tennessean moved earlier this year to a new and modern space at 1801 West End Ave. The newly designed Newsroom includes several small conference rooms where reporters and editors can discuss stories or work on projects.

The Tennessean and TSU raised money for a scholarship to be awarded each year in Getahn’s name.