Alumna nabs a slew of international writing awards

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(Left to right): MTSU M.S. alumna Tosheena Robinson-Blair is shown with Sharlene Cartwirght Robinson, premier of the Turks & Caicos Islands, and Shenique Miller, a local radio host, during the Celebration Women International’s Women of Distinction Global Leadership Awards ceremony in Nassau, Bahamas in December.

An alumna of the MTSU Media and Communication M.S. program recently received a number of awards within the media and communications industries.

Tosheena Robinson-Blair, a journalist with Etienne Dupuch Jr. Publications Ltd., received the Women of Distinction 2017 Global Leadership Award in Journalism and Broadcasting in December from Celebrating Women International, a Bahamian-based women’s advocacy organization. Among some of the other honorees at the awards ceremony in Nassau, Bahamas, were Katalin Bogyay, ambassador of Hungary to the United Nations, and Kamla Persad-Bissessar, former prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago.

Robinson-Blair, a Bahamas native, also was presented the “No Anansi Story! Award” in June during Caribbean Tourism Industry Awards Luncheon in New York. Her story, “The Life and Times of a Master Hotelier,” was recognized as the best feature article submitted by a Caribbean-based journalist that appeared in Caribbean-based media. The same story earned her the Leslie Higgs Feature Writer of the Year Award from the Bahamas Press Club just months earlier.

Robinson-Blair holds a master’s in mass communication from MTSU and is a former reporter for The Daily News Journal. She fondly recalled her days in Murfreesboro where MTSU faculty assisted her in pursuing her graduate degree.

“I strongly believe MTSU opened the doors for success to flow through,” she said. “The university believed in me.”

Robinson-Blair, a mother of two, launched a children’s book series last year with her daughter based on the family’s life and the real-life adventures of her son.

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Pictured from left are Robinson-Blair, then fellow honorees Katalin Bogyay, ambassador of Hungary to the United Nations; Kamal Persad-Bissessar, former prime minster of Trinidad and Tobago; Indira Francis, president of the Bahamas Industrial Tribunal; and Shenique Miller, local radio host.

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