The Gracies

June, 2017

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Alliance for Women in Media Foundation Announces Jane Pauley as Lifetime Achievement Honoree for 42nd Annual Gracies Luncheon Hosted by NBC’s Dylan Dreyer

Kara DioGuardi to perform at the event on June 27, 2017 at Cipriani on 42nd Street

June 13, 2017 (New York City) – The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) is pleased to announce that Jane Pauley, journalist, author and anchor of ‘CBS Sunday Morning,’ will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 42nd Annual Gracie Awards Luncheon. Award-winning “CBS Sunday Morning” journalist Martha Teichner will present Pauley with the award. Dylan Dreyer, weather anchor of NBC News’ “Weekend TODAY” and regular co-host for TODAY, will serve as host. This annual event, which honors the accomplishments of local and student women in media and entertainment, will take place on June 27, 2017 at Cipriani on 42nd in New York City.

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Madeline Vied

June, 2017

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Alliance for Women in Media Foundation Presented the 42nd Annual Gracie Awards to a Full House at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel

Honorees in Attendance Included “This is Us” Cast Members Mandy Moore, Chrissy Metz, Susan Kelechi-Watson, in addition to Rachel Bloom, Dove Cameron

Debbie Allen Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award, Presented by her Grey’s Anatomy co-star Jesse Williams and her daughter Vivian Nixon

LOS ANGELES, CA (JUNE, 7, 2017) – Last night, the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) handed out the 42nd Annual Gracie Awards to a packed house at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. First-time host Jeannie Mai led the show with exuberant energy and Gracies Impact Award recipient Rachel Platten treated attendees to a stellar performance.

The Gracie Awards, which each year celebrate female luminaries on and off the screen for outstanding achievements across radio, television, cable and interactive media, hosted award recipients such as Lifetime Achievement Honoree Debbie Allen, Rachel Bloom, “This is Us” cast members Mandy Moore, Chrissy Metz, Susan Kelechi-Watson, as well as Natalie Morales, Lisa Ling, Dove Cameron, Garrett Clayton and Lynn Whitfield. Presenters and additional guests included Jesse Williams, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Laura Ling, Leigh-Allyn Baker, Nischelle Turner, Debbie Matenopoulos, Vivian Nixon, and more. This year’s social ambassador was Jillian Rose Reed and the ceremony was executive produced by Vicangelo Bulluck. The complete list of previously announced honorees can be found here.

Highlights from the show include:

  • Host Jeannie Mai kicked off the evening with an uplifting message for the women in the room. “I have the feels because I am actually standing in front of what I call real life wonder women, who use their superpowers every day in their work,” said Mai, attributing her nerves to the energy in the room. “These incredible women are laying the groundwork, breaking through barriers, and carving out paths of opportunities for other women to follow, and inspiring uncharted journeys ahead.”
  • Actress Donna Lynne Champlin received the first award of the evening for her supporting role in “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” and gave an acceptance speech that had co-star Rachel Bloom in the audience in tears. “I would like to accept this award on behalf of all the women who have been told they’re too fat, too old, or too ugly to be on television,” said Lynne Champlin as she received a standing ovation.
  • The Gracie Awards featured some sisterly love on stage as Laura Ling presented her sister Lisa Ling and executive producer of “This Is Life with Lisa Ling,” Amy Bucher, with the award for Best Non-Fiction or Reality. “We feel so privileged to have the opportunity to be welcomed into people’s lives, to allow us to come into family’s living rooms and tell stories,” said Lisa. “It’s a responsibility we take very seriously.”
  • Co-creator, writer, and star of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” Rachel Bloom presented the award for Best Drama to the cast of “This Is Us,” which was accepted by Mandy Moore, Chrissy Metz, Susan Kelechi Watson, and executive producer Jess Rosenthal.
  • Debbie Allen was presented with the night’s top honor, the Gracies Lifetime Achievement Award, by actor Jesse Williams and daughter Vivian Nixon. “This is a time for women to speak up loudly and to stand tall. I truly am honored as is my family and my own tribe. Thank you for continuing to inspire us to honor ourselves,” said Allen.
  • International pop star Rachel Platten, who was honored with the inaugural Gracies Impact Award, serenaded the star-studded audience with a powerful performance of her hits “Fight Song” and “Stand By You.”

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The Gracies

May, 2017

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Rachel Platten to Receive Inaugural Gracies Impact Award and Set to Perform at the 42nd Annual Gracie Awards

MANDY MOORE, RACHEL BLOOM, CHRISSY METZ, WENDI MCLENDON-COVEY, JILLIAN ROSE REED, LISA LING ANNOUNCED AS ATTENDEES AT THE 42nd ANNUAL GRACIE AWARDS GALA

DEBBIE ALLEN TO RECEIVE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, PRESENTED BY JESSE WILLIAMS

LOS ANGELES, CA (MAY 25, 2017) –International popstar Rachel Platten will be honored with the first-ever Gracies Impact Award, which is presented to an artist who has made a positive impact on society through their music, the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) announced today.  Her award will accompany a performance at the 42nd Annual Gracie Awards Gala with her chart-topping hits, “Fight Song” and “Stand By You”.  The event, hosted by The Real’s Jeannie Mai, will take place on June 6 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. The Gracie Awards honor outstanding individual achievement and programming by, for and about women.

“I’m truly humbled to accept this award and stand alongside such an esteemed group of women,” said Platten. “The Alliance of Women in Media has created a legacy of recognizing outstanding women in the industry, and through my music I hope to reflect their same goals and continue to make a lasting impact.”

Best known for her emotionally empowering anthems, Rachel Platten first made the transition into a professional singing career after performing in college. The vibrant musician broke through in 2015 with her uplifting pop hit “Fight Song.” The multi-platinum selling single topped countless radio and iTunes charts around the globe before being succeeded by her platinum Billboard Hot 100 hit, “Stand by You.” Rachel’s Gold-certified, major label debut album “Wildfire” was released by Columbia Records in 2016. The singer has won several awards, including the 2016 Daytime EMMY Awards for Outstanding Musical Performance in a Talk Show/Morning Program for her television debut performance of “Fight Song” on Good Morning America. Rachel is currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on her new album, expected later this year.

“Rachel’s anthemic songs of empowerment and perseverance make her the perfect fit to perform at this year’s Gracie Awards,” said Sarah Foss, Chief Product Officer, Advertising Management Systems at Imagine Communications and Chair of the AWM/F Board of Directors. “The meaning behind her lyrics serves as a powerful reminder that we need to uplift and empower each other, and rings true to why we celebrate women at the Gracies each year.”

Additional attendees of the annual fete include Mandy Moore, Rachel Bloom, Chrissy Metz, Jesse Williams, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Lisa Ling, Natalie Morales, Jillian Rose Reed, Lynn Whitfield, Rehema Ellis, Susan Kelechi Watson, and more. They will join previously announced honoree Debbie Allen, recipient of this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by her Grey’s Anatomy co-star Jesse Williams and her daughter Vivian Nixon.

Elena of Avalor & Awkward star Jillian Rose Reed will serve as the social media ambassador for the 42nd Annual Gracie Awards. To follow along, follow #TheGracies and tune in on Twitter (@AllWomeninMedia; @JillianRoseReed) and Instagram (@AllWomeninMedia; @JillianRoseReed) to get a behind-the-scenes look leading up to and throughout the show.

Platten’s performance at the Gracie Awards is presented by Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI). Gracie Awards Gala tickets are available for purchase at the AWMF’s website, allwomeninmedia.org/gracies. National Gracie winners in television, radio and interactive media are recognized at the Gracies Gala in June while top local media and student winners are recognized at The Gracie Awards Luncheon, June 27, 2017 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City.

 

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ABOUT THE ALLIANCE FOR WOMEN IN MEDIA FOUNDATION

The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (formerly known as The Foundation of American Women in Radio & Television) supports and promotes educational programs, charitable activities, and scholarships to benefit the public, the electronic media and allied fields. The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation has created partnerships and joint initiatives with the Emma Bowen Foundation, NCTA- The Internet and Television Association, NAB and other organizations that are philosophically aligned with the mission of the Foundation. In addition to giving almost $20,000 a year away in scholarships to deserving female students, the Foundation also produces nationally acclaimed recognition programs, including the Gracie Awards, a gala that honors exemplary programming created by, for and about women. The 42nd Gracie Awards are sponsored by the Ford Motor Company, Crown Media, CBS, 20th Century Fox Television, CNN, Katz Media Group, NBCUniversal, NCTA- The Internet and Television Association, National Geographic, NPR, Sinclair Broadcast Group, TBS, Discovery, Disney|ABC, HBO, OWN/Lionsgate, PBS/Virginia Film Office, American Public Media, Cumulus and vCreative, For more information about The Alliance for Women in Media please visit allwomeninmedia.org and follow them on Twitter (@AllWomeninMedia #TheGracies) and Facebook .

 

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The Gracies

May, 2017

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Debbie Allen to be Honored by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation With the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Gracie Awards

GREY’S ANATOMY CO-STAR JESSE WILLIAMS AND DAUGHTER VIVIAN NIXON TO BESTOW THE ACCOLADE

The Real’s Jeannie Mai Tapped to Host the Star-Studded Gala on June 6

LOS ANGELES, CA, May 9, 2017 – Golden Globe and three-time Emmy Award-winner Debbie Allen will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 42nd Annual Gracie Awards Gala. The event, hosted by The Real’s Jeannie Mai, will take place on June 6 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA, the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) announced today. Ms. Allen’s daughter, Vivian Nixon, and Grey’s Anatomy co-star, Jesse Williams, who plays the role of her son, will make the presentation. The Gracie Awards will continue in its tradition of honoring outstanding individual achievements and programming by, for and about women in television, radio and interactive media.

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Joni Deutsch

April, 2017

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Title When Title is Due

A few months ago, my public radio station (West Virginia Public Broadcasting) received a wonderful opportunity in the form of a grant from the Corporation of Public Broadcasting (the non-profit corporation created by Congress in 1967 that has now become the largest single source of funding for public media) and PRX (a leading creator and distributor of public media content, talent and technology including This American Life, The Moth Radio Hour and Reveal).

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The Gracies

March, 2017

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ALLIANCE FOR WOMEN IN MEDIA FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES THE 2017 GRACIE AWARDS WINNERS

AMERICA FERRERA, DREW BARRYMORE, SAMANTHA BEE, MARISKA HARGITAY, SAVANNAH GUTHRIE AMONG WINNERS TO BE HONORED AT THE 42nd ANNUAL GRACIE AWARDS ON JUNE 6

 Local and Student Award Winners to be Honored at the Gracie Awards Luncheon on June 27

Los Angeles, CA, March 28, 2017 – In an already incredible and historic year for women, the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) celebrates female luminaries by recognizing their outstanding achievements across new and traditional media platforms. This year’s 42nd annual Gracie Awards Gala, in support of the AWMF’s educational programs and scholarship campaigns that benefit women in media, will take place on Tuesday, June 6 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. The event will recognize such esteemed honorees as America Ferrera, Drew Barrymore, Samantha Bee, Mariska Hargitay, Savannah Guthrie, along with some of the most talented women off camera, and touch on issues spanning from immigration to reproduction rights, race relations to women in the workforce. Later in the month, local and student award winners will be recognized at the Gracie Awards Luncheon on June 27 at Cipriani in New York City.

Sarah Foss, AWMF Chair and ‎Chief Product Officer, Advertising Management Systems, Imagine Communications, said in making the announcement, “If we learned one thing this year, it is that the strength, courage and contributions of women are crucial and necessary components in moving the world forward. As we look to honor women in media, we take pause and recognize the millions of women who are not able to use their voice and creativity to share their message with the world. We hear you. We are you. And we stand beside you. We look forward to another great year and congratulations to the 2017 Gracie Award honorees.”

Vicangelo Bulluck will once again serve as Executive Producer and the event will spotlight prolific women in the industry who continue to lay the groundwork, break down barriers and lead by example in creating equal opportunity for future generations.

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Victoria Milko

January, 2017

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People who care

As of the date that I am writing this, the Center to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has reported that there have been 48 journalism deaths in 2016. As alarming as that number might be, it’s far from a comprehensive—just off the top of my head there are three people missing from that list that I met earlier in the year before their tragic deaths.

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Alliance for Women in Media

January, 2017

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Alliance for Women in Media Announces Support for Women’s March in Washington, D.C. on January 21

January 18, 2017 (WASHINGTON, DC.) – The Alliance for Women in Media has announced their support for the mission of the Women’s March on Washington on Saturday, January 21.

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The Gracies

January, 2017

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Gracie Awards Call for Entries Extended

January 9, 2017 (Washington, D.C.) – Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) has extended the call for entries for the 42nd annual Gracie Awards to January 19, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern in response to high requests for extensions.

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Joni Deutsch

December, 2016

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Werk’n It

As the year winds down and everyone starts rushing towards the shiny, nebulous possibilities of 2017, I find myself looking back at 2016 and the moments that made me proud to be a woman in public media… as well as the moments that left me thinking, “Huh, we still have a ways to go, don’t we?”
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