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Mark Richardson is a multimedia journalist, editor and writer who has worked in digital, print and broadcast media for three decades. He is a nationally recognized editor and reporter who has covered government, politics and the environment. A journalism graduate from the University of Texas at Austin, he was recently awarded a Foundation for Investigative Journalism grant and has three Associated Press Managing Editors awards for excellence in reporting.
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Black Chamber honors small businesses
The Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce has named its 2015 Small Business Award winners. More than 600 attendees gathered at the downtown Hilton for the ceremonies last week. This year’s awards included the inaugural Native Star Award, which went to George Howell, a CNN anchor who attended high school and college in Austin. Other award winners included a number of small-business owners who have made a mark on the Austin area, including Small Business of the Year honorees Shuronda Robinson of Adisa Communications and Monalisa Sanders of Platinum Dreams Designs. More than a dozen business owners and others received awards. The chamber also presented three Austin-area college students with $3,000 scholarships. For a complete list of winners, go here.