The Seventh Humanity in Harmony Music Festival Daniel Pearl World Music Days program will for the fifth year recognize a reporter as our Journalist in Residence. The Humanity in Harmony Music Festival is set for Saturday October 19 at 7:30 PM at the MacArthur Recital Hall at the Flint Institute of Music. The festival also includes a $1,000 in Journalism Scholarships for Flint area students, sponsored by the Flint Jewish Federation.

Humanity in Harmony remembers Daniel Pearl not only for his love of music, but also to look at his chosen profession, as a journalist for the Wall Street Journal, one who was murdered while telling a story.

The Flint Jewish Federation is pleased to announce this year’s honoree is abc 12 news reporter and anchor Dawn Jones.

Born and raised in Flint, Dawn is an Emmy Award winner with more than 25 years of experience in radio and television broadcasting. She anchors the First at Four newscast on abc 12 and is the host of Newsmaker, a weekly public affairs show. As a long time reporter she knows the importance of getting the truth out, no matter the risk.

After graduating from Flint Central High School, Dawn began her broadcast career on Detroit radio in the late 1980s. Over the years, she has held positions as a talk show host, reporter, news anchor, news director, program director, on-air personality and traffic announcer.

Dawn also served as the communications director for the City of Flint. She was appointed in 2009 by former Flint Mayor Dayne Walling.

Dawn will talk to local students, address area service organizations about the importance of people, journalists, telling the world what is happening. She will also judge the journalism scholarship entries submitted by local high school students. These students have the opportunity to earn $1,000 in scholarships from the Flint Jewish Federation.

Whether it’s an international report, or local news, reporters are often attacked when those in power don’t like what they report: Area students in grades 9 through 12 who are interested in competing for the scholarship will be asked to write an essay on this theme: Is the truth wort the risk?

Last year’s honoree was Flint native and Pulitzer-Prize winning photographer. Dan White. Our first Daniel Pearl World Music Days Journalist in Residence was Gary Lane, International News Director & Sr. International Correspondent at CBN. Eric Woodyard, a Flint-area native and award-winning sports reporter at M-Live-The Flint Journal, now an NBA beat writer for the Utah Jazz, was our second. The third was Kurt Nagle, a reporter for Crain’s Detroit Business.

The Humanity in Harmony Music Festival is part of an international project created by the Daniel Pearl Foundation and is Michigan’s only Daniel Pearl World Music Days event. The Festival is presented with generous support by the Ravitz Family Foundation, the Nartel Foundation and the Flint Jewish Federation.