Caribbean Diaspora journalist wins top honours at Caribbean media awards gala hosted by Marlie Hall

Published on : Monday, June 18, 2018

image015Award-winning broadcast journalist and television host Marlie Hall (pictured right), a proud Haitian-American, recognized fellow Diaspora journalist Kristin Braswell with top honours at the elegant Caribbean Tourism Industry Awards gala, staged last night by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) at the Wyndham New Yorker during Caribbean Week New York.

The expanded awards programme introduced new categories for social media influencers and campaigns in recognition of the changing media landscape and increasing relevance of non-traditional media. St. Lucia took home the award for Best Social Media Marketing Campaign, while more than 70 per cent of CTO’s member countries were featured in the collective works, produced last year, of award recipients, including: Anguilla, Antigua, Bahamas, Barbados, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Curaçao, Cuba, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Martinique, Puerto Rico, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Martin, St. Vincent & The Grenadines and Turks & Caicos.


Kristin Braswell, prolific travel writer and founder of CrushGlobal Travel, received Best Feature by a Diasporan Journalist as well as Most Outstanding Entryoverall for “Empathy Not Embargoes,” an article chronicling her experience in Cuba for Essence. “Receiving these awards is an incredible honour as both a journalist and lover of the Caribbean,” Braswell said.


“Bringing light to Havana, a destination that does not always receive the glitz and accolades of other places, is important to me because it allows its people to be a part of the conversation, and to remind us all that they have a story to tell. I want to express my sincere gratitude to the Caribbean Tourism Organization for this honour,” she said. “I look forward to shedding more light on the beauty of my favourite part of the world.”


The full list of media award receipients includes:











Winning journalists gather for a group photo toward the end of the awards ceremony


Led by Yuriy Boykiv, CEO at Gravity Media, entries were evaluated by a distinguished panel of media and industry judges, including:










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