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DENVER - 9NEWS reporter TaRhonda Thomas claimed the prestigious National Association of Black Journalists award in the Long Form Feature category at the organization's 38th Annual Convention and Career Fair in Orlando, Florida.

Thomas won the award with photojournalist Byron Reed for their story, "The Real Redtails." The piece chronicles the exploits of members of the Tuskegee Airmen, an all-black squadron of World War II fighter pilots, whose story inspired the 2012 movie, "Redtails."

9NEWS Vice President and News Director Patti Dennis said, "Year after year, TaRhonda is recognized by the NABJ for her gifted storytelling and commitment to our community. Her words and Byron Reed's extraordinary pictures provided a compelling look into the lives of these men whose story continues to inspire generations of Coloradans."

In the last three years, Thomas has won five NABJ awards while Reed has won three.