Kenneth “Ken” Gordon, born in 1930, was the first black radio announcer in Trinidad and Tobago and, soon after, the first native-born Programme Director at Radio Trinidad.
He became the first black president of the Junior Chamber of Commerce in 1960. His entrepreneurial ability was applied to reconstruct a number of Caribbean newspapers. He eventually became the managing director of Trinidad Express Newspaper in 1969, considered the first truly indigenous national newspaper in Trinidad and Tobago.
He had conceptual and nurturing roles in the formation of regional media institutions, most notably the Caribbean News Agency. He was instrumental in introducing the first private television station in the English Caribbean, CCN TV6, and Prime Radio, in 1991. This company later joined Barbados Nation Corporation Group to create One Caribbean Media Limited in 2006.
Recognition for his service to the media has come from numerous regional and international bodies including The Pedro Joaquin Chamorro Award In 1983 from the Inter American Press Association; The Commonwealth Press Union Lord Astor Award In 1985 and the Media Association of Trinidad And Tobago’s Service Recognition Award in 1997.
Ken Gordon was inducted into the CBU Hall of Fame in 2000.