The Bahamas Press Club 2014
#1 Bay Street
P.O. Box N-931
On November 21st, 2015, Mrs. Eileen Caron (The Tribune) (Lifetime Achievement Award), Mr. Kenneth Francis (posthumously) for contributions at the Nassau Guardian, Mr. Wendall Jones (Bahama Journal, Love 97 & JCN Television), Mr. Anthony Ferguson (Guardian Radio), ZNS Radio & Television Network, MORE 95FM and Silbert Mills of Abaco Radio, were presented with The Bahamas Press Club's Pioneer Awards, in recognition for their contribution to media.
Eileen Dupuch Carron
“I fought for the change of Government. I fought against corruption, fear and victimization. I fought against the drug culture. I fought against everything I felt diminished or was unfair to the Bahamian people. . I fought for equality. I fought for social change and I’m still fighting.”
Eileen Dupuch Carron, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B.,
Eileen Dupuch Carron is a unique woman, mother, artist, pilot and Barrister-at-Law who exemplifies The Tribune’s unalienable founding motto of: “Being Bound To Swear To The Dogmas Of No Master!” Never afraid to express her strong convictions if she feels the freedoms, well-being and the rights of those who have no voice are at stake, Mrs. Carron, awarded a C.M.G. by HM Queen Elizabeth for services to the nation, is the most senior female Barrister at the Bahamas Bar. Continue Reading...
Pioneers in Bahamian Journalism
From a press operator in the Commercial Printing Department of the Nassau Guardian, the late Kenneth N. Francis worked his way up through the ranks to become the newspaper’s publisher and general manager.
Over the course of his illustrious career, he was the person responsible for bringing the newspaper solidly into the age of computers and offset printing. When the owners of the Guardian acquired the Freeport News in the late 1960s, he was the person designated to set up newspaper operations in Grand Bahama.
The first son of the late Hiram and Esther Francis, born on Fort Fincastle in 1930, Kenneth, in his youth, was a budding musician and an avid sportsman. Continue Reading...
Wendall K. Jones is a leader in Media in The Bahamas. He is clearly the most successful Journalist of his generation in the country. For the past two decades he has pioneered the creation of enterprises which have changed the face of Journalism and Communications throughout the society.
His work has been recognized by the State. He was given the Silver Jubilee Award – the Nation’s highest award – in recognition of his Outstanding Contribution to National Development in Broadcasting.
Mr. Jones was named a Paul Harris Fellow by The Rotary Foundation International and was recognized by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority for his achievements in the area of Media. Continue Reading...
Anthony R. Ferguson is President and Founder of leading asset management firm Colina Financial Advisors Ltd. (CFAL); Executive Vice Chairman of Ansbacher (Bahamas) Limited, one of the oldest and most respected private banks and trust companies in The Bahamas; and a former Publisher/President of The Nassau Guardian (1844) Limited, The Bahamas’ oldest newspaper.
With more than 25 years of experience in the investment industry, Mr. Ferguson is a Registered Investment Advisor and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder.
In 2002, he was a member of a consortium of professionals who purchased majority ownership in The Nassau Guardian, a move that made the newspaper a Bahamian-owned entity Continue Reading...
Henry Eugene Saunders
Henry Eugene Saunders was born in New Providence on November 16th, 1935 to proud parents Thomas and Miriam Saunders. He received his early education at Quarry Mission School, Western Junior School going on to Southern Senior School and St. Augustine’s College.
As a mere boy of 16 he started a job as a bar boy at Hog Island (Paradise Island). This was a stepping stone to becoming a full-fledged bartender and private Butler for more than 14 years.
In 1955 he decided to go into the trucking business purchasing his first truck which he drove himself.
Silbert Mills was born in Dundas Town, Abaco to the late Bertram and Viola Mills.
Pastor Mills met his bride, Dolly, in 1978. They were married in 1980 and their union produced two children, Teneil and Dario and 2 grandsons, Dario Jr. and Zander Major.
He received his early Christian education at Friendship Tabernacle Church. In 1995 he assumed the position of Praise and Worship Leader at Friendship Tabernacle Church. Continue Reading...
ZNS Radio & Television Network
Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas
The Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas (BCB) originated as a state-owned radio service in 1937, some 15 years after radio broadcasting began in North America and Britain. One of the main motivations for the service was to provide hurricane warnings to the far-flung out islands of the Bahamas.
The colonial government launched ZNS (the call letters stand for Zephyr Nassau Sunshine) as part of the Telegraph Department, just in time for the coronation of Britain’s King George V, on May 12, 1937. By the end of May, ZNS was broadcasting two hours a day using a 500-watt transmitter. Programming consisted of BBC news, local news culled from Nassau newspapers, and musical recordings from the BBC. Continue Reading...