ROANOKE, Va. -

One of WDBJ7's very own was given an award from the Roanoke Branch of the NAACP.

The 16th Annual Citizen of the Year event was held at Holiday Inn Tanglewood.

More than a dozen awards were handed out for this year's distinguished recipients and categories.

One of those was anchor and reporter Susan Bahorich. She received the media award for WDBJ7.

"We all want good schools for our kids, we all want to live in a safe neighborhood, and we all want some way to provide for our families. And that's how I think of every story when I go into it,” Bahorich said.

Roanoke Branch NAACP President Brenda Hale said: "We don't take their work for granted. We recognized that quietly and effectively, they have been making a difference."

The event kicked off with a reception followed by dinner.

The distinguished speaker this year was Ms. Clayola Brown. She's the president of the A. Phillip Randolph Institute and the International vice president for workers United SEIU.