Emerson College Presents AMIP News Head, Nnoma-Addison, with Distinguished Alumni Award

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Photo taken by Derek Palmer, Emerson College


Boston, Massachusetts – Saturday, June 2, 2018

Paramount Center, Robert J. Orchard Stage


Emerson College last Saturday recognized and presented AMIP News head, Frederick Nnoma-Addison, the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award alongside two other notable alumni. Incoming President of the Alumni Association Board of Directors Ms. Carla Lewis ‘86 presented the award to Mr. Nnoma-Addison during the Alumni Association Awards Breakfast at the Paramount Center. During his acceptance speech, Nnoma-Addison enumerated some of his accomplishments, but quickly followed it up to highlight some of the challenges he confronted before establishing AMIP News.

“I am really proud. Proud that… But the real story is the struggle and the battles that made each one of those possible; I will never have enough words to describe them, but they were worth it,” he said. Nnoma-Addison thanked Emerson College and the Alumni Association Board for “recognizing me in this manner.” Emerson College President Dr. Lee Pelton (pictured (left) with Nnoma-Addison above) later described Nnoma-Addison’s communications endeavors in the nation’s capital as “important work.” The occasion also marked the 50th reunion celebration of the class of 1968. Washington, DC-based Nnoma-Addison is one of 37,000 Emerson alumni making a difference in the global media-communications industry.


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About Frederick Nnoma-Addison

Frederick Nnoma-Addison is a US-based, Ghanaian-born journalist, author, and media communications consultant. As president and CEO of AMIP News since 2004, he covers US-Africa-centered news and events in Washington, DC. In January 2018, the African Union (AU) Permanent Representative to the United States in Washington, DC, appointed him as the new publisher of Invest in Africa, a premium, official AU magazine that is distributed to African heads of state; government ministers; and political, financial, and corporate leaders worldwide.

In 2013, Governor Martin O’Malley (D-MD) appointed Nnoma-Addison as a commissioner to serve on the Governor’s Commission on African Affairs for a four-year term. In 2016, Governor Larry Hogan (R-MD) renewed his commission for a second four-year term. Between 2004 and 2008, Nnoma-Addison worked at Discovery Communication’s world headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, as the special assistant to the president and general manager of the Discovery Channel.

He is the author and publisher of United States and Africa Relations: The Obama Presidency (2017), The United States & Ghana (2010, 2012), and The United States & Nigeria (2010). He has written for notable web platforms such as CNN.com and whitehouse.gov and has granted interviews to major networks such as CBS. He is also a guest lecturer on African affairs at the Foreign Service Institute of the Department of State as well as at other US colleges and universities. In 2014, he was a guest lecturer with President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland.

Nnoma-Addison began his media career in Ghana as a young presenter on national television in the early 1990s. He received a journalism degree from the Ghana Institute of Journalism, Accra, and a BA in Television Production from Emerson College in 2002.


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About Emerson College

Emerson College is internationally recognized as the nation’s premier institution of higher learning devoted to communication and the arts. Energized by engagement with the creative life of Boston, Los Angeles, and the Netherlands, students are independent minds from diverse backgrounds who develop their own personal voice and expertise in professions that profoundly shape society and culture in the 21st century. The College educates students to assume positions of leadership in communication and the arts and to advance scholarship and creative work that brings innovation, depth, and diversity to these disciplines. It’s mission is informed by core liberal arts values that seek to promote civic engagement, encourage ethical practices, foster respect for human diversity, and inspire students to create and communicate with clarity, integrity, and conviction.

Established in 1880 as a small, regional school of oratory, Emerson has evolved into a diverse, coeducational, and multifaceted degree-granting institution with a liberal arts rather than conservatory orientation. But our mission and focus remains largely the same as it was in 1880: to explore and push the boundaries of communication, art, and culture and, thereby, to contribute to the advancement of society.



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