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CFO Sink Honors Black-owned Media for Contributions to Florida, Promotes Black History Month

2/13/2007

CONTACT:  Tara Klimek or Nina Banister
(850) 413-2842   
 
TALLAHASSEE—Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink today honored members of the Florida Association of Black-Owned Media, Inc. for their contributions to Floridians and promoted February as Black History Month.  At a meeting of the Florida Cabinet this morning, CFO Sink presented a resolution honoring the association and its members.
 
"They provide a strong, consistent voice and a viable presence in the media that greatly influence all of our lives while addressing specific concerns facing African-Americans and their communities," said CFO Sink.  "And in my opinion, there is no issue that touches one life that does not touch all lives."
 
The Florida Association of Black-Owned Media, Inc. is a consortium of 13 Black-owned newspapers, radio and cable television stations reporting in all of Florida's 10 media markets.  Combined, these media outlets reach 3 million readers, listeners and viewers each week. 
 
On hand to accept the resolution that CFO Sink presented were:
Bobby Henry, Publisher and President, Westside Gazette; Sylvia Perry, Publisher, Jacksonville Free Press; Johnny Hunter, Sr., Vice President, Tempo News; Dr. Calvin Collins, Orlando Times; Kay Andrews, Publisher, Florida Sentinel Bulletin; Candice Lewis-Khufa, The Mahogany Review; Peter Webley, Caribbean Today; Vernon Watson, WBPQ-TV; Robert Hill, WRNE Radio; and Gayle Andrews, Andrews Plus.
 
"As we celebrate Black History Month," CFO Sink said, "I would like to thank the Florida Association of Black-Owned Media for their support and promotion of this annual celebration of a rich heritage."

As a statewide elected officer of the Florida Cabinet, Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink  oversees the department of Financial Services, a multi-division state agency responsible for management of state funds and unclaimed property, assisting consumers who request information and help related to financial services, and investigating financial fraud. CFO Sink also serves as the State Fire Marshal.