Awards and citations
Askia Muhammad's Soundprint.org documentary "Mississippi Becomes a Democracy" was a winner in 2004 in the Salute to Excellence Award competition held by the National Association of Black Journalists, and won the "Unity Award in Journalism" from Lincoln University of Missouri. In 1998 his contribution to NPR's first series on AIDS helped earn the Silver Baton Columbia University-DuPont Award. His commentaries on The Tavis Smiley Show on NPR won First Place in 2003 and 2004 in the NABJ Salute to Excellence Award competition.
His commentaries for Pacifica Radio won First Place in 2002 in the NABJ Salute to Excellence. Muhammad is a recipient of the 1994 Washington D.C. Mayor's Award for "Excellence in Service to the Arts," the so-called "Oscar" for the Arts in the Nation's Capital. He received the 1993 Washington Association of Black Journalists (WABJ) "President's Award." In 1999 both the Mayor of the District of Columbia and the D.C. Council proclaimed March 28, "Yardbird Sweets 20th Anniversary Day," celebrating his 20 years hosting the Tuesday morning Jazz program on WPFW-FM. He has served twice as a judge of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards, and three times as a judge of the National Newspaper Publishers Association Merit Awards.