Veteran Print/Broadcast Journalist Henrietta Burroughs Recognized for Journalism Accomplishments … Again

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The Alliance for Community Media and the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors Bestowed Honors

Henrietta J. Burroughs–a skilled journalist who is accomplished in both print and broadcast genres–is a rising star and one to watch. Burroughs is founder and editor of East Palo Alto Today print and online newspaper, the city’s only print news publication. She is also producer and host of “Talking with Henrietta,” a one-hour news talk show that airs on the San Francisco Midpeninsula on Comcast Channel 27. In recent months, the highly regarded media professional has been recognized for her outstanding journalistic works. In July 2011, the Alliance for Community Media presented her with its coveted Hometown Award for "Best Informational Talk Show" for her program’s episode titled “Strengthening the Bonds Between Fathers and Children.” Burroughs was further recognized September 13th when the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors honored her with a resolution commending her for the enthusiasm, professionalism, honesty, and dedication consistently demonstrated throughout her widespread career as a journalist. Santa Clara County District 5 Supervisor Liz Kniss made the moving presentation.

Hometown Award
The Alliance for Community Media selected Burroughs’ show as the winner from among 1,100+ entries from throughout the country. During its annual Hometown Video Awards & ACM Leadership Awards Dinner in Tucson, Arizona on July 29, 2011, the organization presented her with its Hometown Award for "Best Informational Talk Show" for her program’s episode on which she explored stereotypes about fatherhood in communities of color, and reviewed new statistics that prove that men in these communities are more involved in their families than previously thought.

Service Resolution
The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors made the resolution presentation on the morning of September 13, 2011 in the Board of Supervisors’ Chambers during its ceremonial award presentations at its regular meeting. “This is indeed an honor and I am absolutely thrilled to be standing here before you to receive this [award],” said Burroughs. (See video excerpt at

East Palo Alto Today is a bi-monthly print and online community newspaper. Published by the East Palo Alto Center for Community Media, EPA Today was established to provide the residents of East Palo Alto and the Belle Haven section of Menlo Park with up-to-date news and information affecting their communities. When launched, the publication was the city’s first locally produced and continuously published newspaper in 20 years.

“Talking with Henrietta” is a one-hour talk show that addresses interesting hot topics like immigration, racial profiling, foster care, local politics, crime and violence, the economic climate, home foreclosures and much more. The show is produced biweekly and can be viewed in the San Francisco Bay Area on Comcast Channel 27 at 4:00 p.m. on Sundays with replays Tuesday and Thursday at 8:00 p.m. Henrietta Burroughs is the show’s producer, host and moderator. Show excerpts may be viewed on the Internet at

Henrietta J. Burroughs is the founder of the East Palo Alto Center for Community Media, a nonprofit organization that she established in 2003 to create media outlets in the City of East Palo Alto that would fill the city’s information void. In January 2006, under her leadership, the EPA Center for Community Media launched East Palo Alto Today.

The multi-award winning journalist is a former television news reporter who worked for several television news shows in New York, New Jersey and California. She also hosted a weekly television show in New York and worked for Newsweek’s Broadcasting Unit, where she produced syndicated stories to air nationally.

In California, Burroughs was the Editorial Director for KNTV-TV in San Jose, for which she won an Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences; a Golden Medallion from The State Bar of California for Distinguished Reporting; and an “Excellence in the Media” award from the San Jose community; among numerous other professional recognitions.

Her writings have appeared in the New York Post, The New York Times, McCall’s Magazine, Black Enterprise, the San Jose Business Journal, the Palo Alto Weekly, Newark Magazine, and other local and national publications.

Burroughs received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy with Departmental Honors from Howard University; a Masters in International Affairs Degree from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University; and a Certificate in Broadcast Journalism from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University. Henrietta Burroughs may be reached at (650) 289-9699.


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