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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - A Youngstown native who pioneered reporting America's civil rights movement could receive one of the nation's highest civilian honors.

Congressmen Tim Ryan and Dave Joyce have introduced legislation to award a Congressional Gold Medal to civil rights reporter Simeon Booker, who began his career writing for The Vindicator.

Booker was the first African- American reporter to win a Newspaper Guild Award and the first full-time African-American reporter at The Washington Post.

Booker will receive an honorary doctorate degree at Sunday's Youngstown State University commencement.

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