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Peter Webley, publisher of the monthly newspaper, Caribbean Today, was recently inducted into the Miami Hall of Fame, because of his outstanding contribution in the area of journalism.
Mr. Webley, a Jamaican, has been described as one of the pioneers of Caribbean news in South Florida, with the launch of his monthly publication in December 1989. With a circulation of nearly 40,000, the news magazine is distributed to readers in South Florida, New York, Atlanta, Jamaica and other islands in the Caribbean.
The paper is free to the public and covers news, features, entertainment, and sports, especially related to the Caribbean community.
Mr. Webley told JIS News that the publication has survived strictly because of the support of patrons. He said that his primary objective since the start of the publication was to keep the Caribbean nationals in the USA abreast of the current happenings in their homeland. He credited his late father, who was instrumental in helping him start the publication 16 years ago. “I have benefited tremendously from his knowledge and guidance during the start-up period,” he added.
Mr. Webley has been the recipient of several awards over the years for business development and community contribution from the United Coalition of Minority Business Enterprises 2003; the Minority Enterprise Development (MED Week) Award 2003; and the Miami-Dade Trade Mission 2002 Proclamation.
He has also received other awards from schools in the South Florida community, where he has worked with students on varied projects.
A founding member of the Kendal South Dade chapter of the Kiwanis Club, Mr. Webley has helped that chapter to grow to over 100 members since its inception in 2002. With the Caribbean community growing rapidly throughout the USA, Mr. Webley has expressed an interest in expanding the circulation of the Caribbean Today publication. “It is important that the paper reflects the diversity of the Caribbean Diaspora as well as the growing connection between African Americans and other communities,” he added.