Catherine Combs

October, 2020

Uncategorized

Alliance for Women in Media Foundation & ESPN Launch Scholarship

ESPN’s donation of $10,000 will provide two educational scholarships to assist Black females pursuing careers in sports media

The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) and ESPN are pleased to announce a new joint student scholarship. The mission of this partnership is to provide Black women a path into careers in sports media by assisting one female undergraduate student and one female graduate student in the United States, pursuing careers in sports media.

“It has been wonderful to collaborate with ESPN to conceptualize this scholarship,” said Becky Brooks, Alliance for Women in Media Foundation Executive Director. “Through this strong partnership, we’re proud to continue our work in pursuing greater diversity in the sports journalism work force.”

“Diversity and inclusion is ESPN’s #1 focus, and we want to support and create concrete ways to grow the pipeline of Black talent in the sports industry,” said Katina Arnold, Vice President, Corporate Communications at ESPN and Alliance for Women in Media Board Member. “The ESPN and AWMF scholarship is the perfect way to fulfill ESPN’s mission of supporting Black and African-American women pursuing careers in media.”

The selection of the student winners will be based on applicants developing an essay of 750 to 1,000 words, highlighting the importance of Black women in sports media.

Scholarship applications are due on November 20, 2020. AWMF and ESPN will select one upperclassman Black female undergraduate student winner and one Black female graduate student to receive the scholarships payable to each winning student’s educational institution. Each winner will also receive one complimentary ticket to the Gracie Awards Luncheon in New York City in June 2021. Learn more and apply on the AWMF website.

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About the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation: In 1960, the Alliance for Women in Media became the first professional broadcasting organization to establish an educational 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, public service campaigns and scholarships to benefit the public, the electronic media and allied fields. The Foundation also produces nationally acclaimed recognition programs, including the Gracie Awards®, honoring exemplary programming created by, for or about women and individual achievement. The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, educational organization. For the latest news on the Gracies, follow The Gracies on Twitter and Facebook. For more information about the Gracie Awards and to submit your entries, please visit www.allwomeninmedia.org/gracies.

About ESPN: ESPN, the world’s leading sports entertainment enterprise, features more than 50 assets – nine U.S. television networks, direct-to-consumer ESPN+, ESPN Radio, ESPN.com, endeavors on every continent around the world, and more.  ESPN is 80 percent owned by ABC, Inc. (an indirect subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company) and 20 percent by Hearst.

Catherine Combs

September, 2020

Press Release

THE 45th ANNUAL GRACIE AWARDS HONORED WOMEN IN MEDIA, INCLUDING KATY PERRY, GAYLE KING, NAOMI WATTS, DANAI GURIRA, TAMRON HALL AND MORE

Virtual Event Hosted by Susan Kelechi Watson Recognized Exemplary Programming Created by, for and about Women

Photo assets can be found [HERE]

Clips from the event can be found [HERE]

LOS ANGELES (September 10, 2020) – This evening, the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) held the 45th annual Gracie Awards hosted by “This is Us” star Susan Kelechi Watson. This year, the Gracie Awards recognized more than 120 outstanding women and men in media for their bravery, determination and accomplishments, and recognized exemplary programming created by, for and about women.

Highlights from the awards show included the following:

  • Katy Perry received the Gracies Impact Award for the positive influence on society through her music. “This is an incredible honor to have this award about women and helping support women, which is something I am so incredibly passionate about. I love to provide opportunities in my life, professional and personal, for women to do incredible jobs and work alongside with,” Perry said during her acceptance speech, noting that “one of the most important things is to have representation.”
  • Country star Mickey Guyton performed her hit song “Heaven Down Here,” and for the first time ever performed “Without a Net,” an original song she had recorded to appear in the upcoming documentary “Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story.”
  • Tamron Hall accepted her award for Best Talk Show and dedicated it to Breonna Taylor.
  • Gayle King  was awarded the Best Special or Variety Program for her memorable interview with R. Kelly and mentioned during her speech that she would “love to sit down with him for another interview again” post-trial.
  • Dr. Sanjay Gupta delivered a Special Award Tribute to frontline journalists bringing COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter coverage to homes across America, including from Norah O’Donnell, Debora Patta, and Martha Teichner from CBS; Kristen Dahlgren, Dasha Burns, Savannah Guthrie, and Blayne Alexander from NBC; CNN’s Brooke Baldwin; Los Angeles Times’ Molly Hennessy-Fiske; Paola Ramos and Isobel Yeung of Vice News.
  • The Gracies recognized “Silent All These Years,” an episode of Grey’s Anatomy that dealt with sexual assault and rape. The episode resonated with women and had far-reaching effects — RAINN reported a 43% uptick in call volume to its National Sexual Assault Hotline in the immediate wake of the airing of this episode.
  • Nightline’s co-anchor Juju Chang accepted their win for Best Hard News Feature for their story about trans women of color. “We wanted to tell the stories of these women who are not only under assault, but who’s stories are often ignored,” Chang said.
  • Natasha Lyonne accepted for Best Producer – Entertainment for their Netflix series “Russian Doll,” on behalf of herself, Leslye Headland and Amy Poehler, giving a specific shoutout to Poehler saying, “[she] is such a leader in this field, who has single handedly changed the world and the scope of what we can do, how we hold the space for each other … it is such an honor to walk beside you.”
  • Naomi Watts won for Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Drama for her portrayal as Gretchen Carlson in Showtime’s “The Loudest Voice.” She dedicated her award to Gretchen for her “incredible bravery and courage” noting it was “an honor” to tell her story.
  • Angela Yee won for Best Podcast – Entertainment thanking the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation for the award, expressing “this is one of the highest honors we can have from other women who understand how empowering something like this is.

Presenters for the awards included Malin Åkerman, Chelsea Gilligan, Angélica Vale; Cassie DiLaura, Erin Lim, Dr. Imani Walker, Elaina Doré Smith, Jacqueline Obradors, Julie Carmen and Medalion Rahimi.

Additional winners of the night included Danai Gurira of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” for Best Actress in a Leading Role – Drama, , Stephanie Beatriz for Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Comedy for her work in FOX’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” Fiona Shaw for Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Drama for “Killing Eve,” Niecy Nash for Best On-Air Talent for “Black Girls Rock,” NBC’s “Superstore” won for Best Ensemble Cast with Lauren Ash accepting, and many more.

“We are honored to celebrate these incredible voices, recognize these poignant stories and bring the Gracie Awards to audiences around the world with our first-ever virtual awards show,” said Becky Brooks, Executive Director, Alliance for Women in Media Foundation.  “We applaud the brave storytellers who have reported from the front lines, challenged conventional thinking, and produced content that has created real change – we need this storytelling now more than ever.”

To see a complete list of winners [CLICK HERE].

About The Gracie Awards:

The Gracie Awards is the largest fundraiser of the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation which supports and promotes educational programs, and scholarships to benefit the media, the public, and allied fields. In addition to giving $20,000 a year away in scholarships to deserving female students, the Foundation also produces the nationally acclaimed recognition program – the Gracie Awards which honors exemplary programming created by, for, and about women. The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation has created partnerships and joint initiatives with the Emma Bowen Foundation, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), NCTA – The Cable and Telecommunications Association and other organizations that are philosophically aligned with the mission of the Foundation. For more information about The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation and the Gracie Awards please visit allwomeninmedia.org and follow on Twitter (@AllWomeninMedia), (#TheGracies), Instagram (@allwomeninmedia) and Facebook.

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Catherine Combs

August, 2020

Press Release

THE 45th ANNUAL GRACIE AWARDS ANNOUNCE ALL-STAR VIRTUAL EXPERIENCE HAPPENING LIVE ON SEPTEMBER 10th

Show Will Feature Impact Award Recipient Katy Perry, and Honorees Including Danai Gurira, Naomi Watts, Michelle Williams, Natasha Lyonne, Amy Poehler, Tamron Hall, Gayle King and More

Program will Feature Performances by Mickey Guyton, Special Award Tribute by Dr. Sanjay Gupta to Frontline Journalists Bringing COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter Coverage to Homes across America, and Grey’s Anatomy’s “Silent All These Years” Episode will Receive a Stand-out Moment

The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) announced the 45th annual Gracie Awards program will air live on AWMF’s Facebook page on September 10, 2020 at 7pm ET/PT. The virtual event will recognize esteemed honoree Katy Perry, who will receive the Gracies Impact Award, which is presented to an artist who has made a positive impact on society through their music. Dr. Sanjay Gupta will deliver a special tribute to frontline journalists who covered breaking news regarding the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter movement, and some of the most talented women in television, radio, and digital media will be honored for their incredible contributions to media this year including Naomi Watts, Michelle Williams, Natasha Lyonne, Amy Poehler, Tamron Hall, and Angela Yee.

Danai Gurira, Norah O’Donnell, Fiona Shaw, Andrea Mitchell and Gayle King will appear in the virtual show along with country superstar Mickey Guyton who will perform twice throughout the night, and Grey’s Anatomy’s “Silent All These Years” episode will receive the Grand Award for the incredibly powerful episode which brought attention to sexual assault survivors. Tune-in on Thursday, Sept. 10 at 7 pm ET/PT at @AllWomenInMedia on Facebook and Instagram, as well as the Alliance for Women in Media’s YouTube page.

“There’s no doubt that this year has been indescribable – but one thing that has stayed consistent is the level of content that continues to be generated by and for women,” said Becky Brooks, Executive Director, Alliance for Women in Media Foundation.  “We understand that people are going through unprecedented times and it’s our commitment to bring the world in for the first time and see the magic of the Gracie Awards as we celebrate some of the brave and poignant, storytellers of our time.”

In the fifth consecutive year as Executive Producer, Vicangelo Bulluck will spotlight these prolific women in the industry who continue to inspire and support others, break down barriers, and lead by example in creating opportunities for future generations.

Sponsors of the Gracie Awards include Ziploc®, Facebook, NCTA – The Internet & Television Association, CNN, Crown Media, CBS Corporation, Katz Media Group, Beasley Media Group, and the Ford Motor Company.

Please celebrate all Gracie Award winners with us by watching the video montage dedications on the AWM website. Acceptance speeches of all honorees highlighting their content are available in montages beginning today.

About The Gracie Awards

The Gracie Awards is the largest fundraiser of the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation which supports and promotes educational programs, and scholarships to benefit the media, the public, and allied fields. In addition to giving $20,000 a year away in scholarships to deserving female students, the Foundation also produces the nationally acclaimed recognition program – the Gracie Awards which honors exemplary programming created by, for, and about women. The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation has created partnerships and joint initiatives with the Emma Bowen Foundation, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), NCTA – The Cable and Telecommunications Association and other organizations that are philosophically aligned with the mission of the Foundation. For more information about The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation and the Gracie Awards please visit allwomeninmedia.org and follow on Twitter (@AllWomeninMedia), (#TheGracies), Instagram (@allwomeninmedia) and Facebook.

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Catherine Combs

July, 2020

Uncategorized

Alliance for Women in Media Foundation Releases Interview with American Medical Association President, Dr. Susan Bailey

Moderated by Entercom’s Kelly Ford, Host of the ‘Kelly Ford in the Morning’ Show

The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) released the latest installment of the AWM Gracie Interview Series – A Virtual Gathering with American Medical Association President Susan R. Bailey, M.D. Titled “Medicine and The Media – Leadership in Historic Times,” the session was moderated by Entercom’s Kelly Ford, host of Kelly Ford in the Morning on New York’s Country 94.7. The Gracie Interview Series – A Virtual Gathering series was created to engage leaders in media to share wisdom and guidance during a time of immense change and unpredictability.

In response to a question about what medical experts have learned since February, Dr. Bailey shared, “It’s not flip flopping – this is how science is supposed to work. When we get new data, we draw new conclusions and may need to change recommendations.” Regarding how media can be of service to the medical community, Dr. Bailey added, “Ultimately, we are all in this together. By sharing information, we can kick this virus.”

The full recording of the session can be experienced here:

“Dr. Bailey shared meaningful insight into the important partnership between media and the medical community. This is a critical time for media to understand its role and for all of us to know our roles as individuals,” Becky Brooks, Executive Director of the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation stated. “We look forward to hosting more virtual gatherings to share the wisdom of experienced leaders.”

The Gracie Interview Series – Virtual Gatherings are a segment of The Gracie Awards brand. The Gracies are the largest fundraising event by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Alliance for Women in Media (AWM), which supports educational programs, charitable activities and scholarships. To engaged with AWM, please consider joining the association or donating to the Foundation so we can continue to offer important programs like this interview series.

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Catherine Combs

June, 2020

Uncategorized

The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation Announces Virtual Gracie Awards Show to Stream on September 10, 2020

June 30, 2020 The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) announces the 45th Annual Gracie Awards will be streamed virtually on September 10, 2020.  The Gracies Gala, originally scheduled for May 19, 2020, was intended to be held at the Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills, A Four Seasons Hotel, and the Gracies Luncheon, originally scheduled for June 24, 2020, was intended to be held in New York City at Cipriani 42nd Street. The 2020 honorees will now be celebrated through a series of digital acceptance speech montages along with a virtual awards ceremony.

“The leadership of AWMF, which annually presents the Gracies as our largest fundraiser, has had one singular focus – to appropriately acknowledge and celebrate our outstanding winners in whatever manner is feasible this year,” said Becky Brooks, Executive Director of AWM/F.  “Therefore, we have made the decision to shift this year’s events to virtual experiences to ensure recognition of all winners in this very important year.”

The Gracie Awards recognize exemplary programming created by, for and about women in radio, television, and interactive media. Honorees are selected in national, local and student markets, including both commercial and non-commercial outlets. The full list of this year’s honorees can be found here.

AWMF extends a tremendous thank you to sponsors of the Gracies Awards, who are committed to supporting the future of women in media.  Along with Ziploc® Brand, the Diamond Sponsor of the 2020 Gracie Awards, this year’s sponsors include Crown Media, CBS, CNN, Katz Media Group, NCTA – The Internet and Television Association, Beasley Media Group and Cox Media Group.

About the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation: In 1960, the Alliance for Women in Media became the first professional broadcasting organization to establish an educational 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, public service campaigns and scholarships to benefit the public, the electronic media and allied fields. The Foundation also produces nationally acclaimed recognition programs, including the Gracie Awards®, a gala that honors exemplary programming created by, for or about women. The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, educational organization. For the latest news on the Gracies, follow The Gracies on Twitter and Facebook. For more information about the Gracie Awards and to submit your entries, please visit www.allwomeninmedia.org/gracies.

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Catherine Combs

June, 2020

Uncategorized

Alliance for Women in Media Statement on the Homicide of George Floyd

By: Keisha Sutton-James, Chair, Alliance for Women in Media

The recent brutal murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, combined with a global health pandemic that has had a disproportionate effect on communities of color, have laid bare the injustices and inequalities that continues to exist in America to this day.  Media outlets have offered around the clock coverage of this tragic moment in our country’s history, and of the massive protests that have gripped our nation.

On behalf of our leadership across the United States and Canada, the Alliance for Women in Media supports the human rights of all Americans, including Black Americans.  Black lives do matter.  As a Black woman whose grandfather, Percy Sutton, was a Freedom Rider, politician and activist before moving into media in order to effect change through the use of media, I have always been keenly aware of this fact. And now, this moment – a health crisis and the senseless murders of innocent people – has served to remind us as a nation of this fact.

We, the media, are the storytellers – whether through scripted or journalistic work.  We tell the stories of our humanity – trauma and triumph, denial and victory, betrayal and reconciliation.  We, the Alliance for Women in Media, stand with the protestors who are peacefully marching our country toward its founding ideals. We stand with the storytellers, journalists, producers and directors and particularly the women in these roles, who are sharing the truth of this moment for the world to see.  We applaud the bravery and tenacity displayed, some at the risk of their own safety.

The AWM will continue to recognize and celebrate the women who are frontline journalists and storytellers, women behind the cameras and microphones, and the true protagonists in our nation’s story: those who are leading our nation to its higher self.  We thank you for all that you do.

Keisha Sutton-James

Founder, Sutton Button Productions, LLC

Chair, Alliance for Women in Media

Please allow us to highlight a few of the important, ongoing conversations on this topic through pieces that reflect the work and voices of some of our Gracies honorees in radio, television and digital media.

Get informed – get involved. Read. Learn. Connect. Talk. Get involved locally or nationally.  Here are a few resources to help get you started:

Catherine Combs

May, 2020

Press Release

2020 Gracie Award Winners Press Release

45th ANNUAL GRACIE AWARDS WINNERS ANNOUNCED BY THE ALLIANCE FOR WOMEN IN MEDIA FOUNDATION

This week, The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) announced the winners of the 45th annual Gracie Awards.  The list of honorees includes such esteemed honorees as Michelle Williams, Amy Poehler, Natasha Lyonne, Tamron Hall, Naomi Watts, Angela Yee, Norah O’Donnell, Niecy Nash, Stephanie Beatriz, and Soledad O’Brien, along with more than 100 of the most talented women in television, radio and digital media.

The Gracies recognize exemplary programming created by, for and about women in radio, television, and interactive media. Honorees are selected in national, local and student markets, including both commercial and non-commercial outlets. This year’s honorees represent the substance and ethos of women’s storytelling and journalism at its best.  Their work during this global state of affairs – full of innovation, courage and endurance – serves as inspiration today for the journalists of tomorrow.

Some of the honorees have recorded special messages of thanks and appreciation:

 Becky Brooks, Executive Director, The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation stated, “Our leadership is proud to honor the best of the best who embody the spirit and intention of the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation’s Gracie Awards. We want to thank those on the front lines telling the important stories still impacting our world. It is our distinguished honor to recognize the reporters, hosts, producers and media executives who are working to ensure the public is informed. We know everyone in media has been impacted in some way, and we continue to salute this outstanding list of honorees for their award-winning passion, energy and perseverance.”

AWMF extends a tremendous thank you to sponsors of the Gracies, who are committed to supporting the future of women in media.  Along with Ziploc® Brand, the Diamond Sponsor of the 2020 Gracies Gala, this year’s sponsors include Crown Media, CBS, CNN, Katz Media Group, NCTA – The Internet and Television Association, Beasley Media Group and Cox Media Group.

TV NATIONAL HONOREES

60 Minutes: The Chibok Girls (60 Minutes)

CBS News

News Magazine

Abby McEnany (Work in Progress)

SHOWTIME

Actress in a Breakthrough Role

Alex Duda (The Kelly Clarkson Show)

NBCUniversal

Showrunner – Talk Show

Am I Next? Trans and Targeted

ABC NEWS Nightline

Hard News Feature

Angela Kang (The Walking Dead)

AMC

Showrunner- Scripted

Better Things

FX Networks

Comedy

BookTube

YouTube Originals

Non-Fiction Entertainment

Caroline Waterlow (Qualified)

ESPN Films

Producer- Documentary /Unscripted / Non-Fiction

Catherine Reitman (Workin’ Moms)

Wolf + Rabbit Entertainment (CBC/Netflix)

Actress in a Leading Role – Comedy or Musical

Catherine Reitman (Workin’ Moms)

Wolf + Rabbit Entertainment (CBC/Netflix)

Director – Comedy

Clarissa Ward (CNN International)

CNN International

Reporter/Correspondent

Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead)

AMC

Actress in a Leading Role – Drama

Fiona Shaw (Killing Eve)

BBC AMERICA

Actress in a Supporting Role – Drama

Francesca Gregorini (Killing Eve)

BBC AMERICA

Director – Scripted

Gender Discrimination in the FBI

NBC News Investigative Unit

Interview Feature

Grey’s Anatomy

ABC Studios

Drama- Grand Award

Izzie Pick Ibarra (THE MASKED SINGER)

FOX Broadcasting Company

Showrunner – Unscripted

Michelle Williams (Fosse/Verdon)

FX Networks

Actress in a Leading Role – Made for TV Movie or Limited Series

Mission Unstoppable

Produced by Litton Entertainment

Family Series

MSNBC 2019 Democratic Debate (Atlanta)

MSNBC

Special or Variety – Breakthrough

Naomi Watts (The Loudest Voice)

SHOWTIME

Actress in a Supporting Role – Made for TV Movie or Limited Series

Natasha Lyonne, Leslye Headland, Amy Poehler (Russian Doll)

Universal Television

Producer- Entertainment

Nawal al-Maghafi (BBC Arabic)

BBC News

Investigative Feature

Niecy Nash (2019 BLACK GIRLS ROCK!)

BET Networks

On-Air Talent – Entertainment

Nightline

ABC NEWS

News Program

Pati Jinich (Pati’s Mexican Table)

Mexican Table LLC

On-Air Talent – Lifestyle

Patsy & Loretta

Lifetime

Made for Television Movie

Rising Stars: The Story of Muslim Girls Basketball

CBS Sports Network

Sports Feature

Sarah Fitzpatrick

NBC News Investigative Unit

Producer- News

Sedika Mojadidi (Doc World: Facing the Dragon)

WORLD Channel

Director – Unscripted

Sharyn Alfonsi (60 Minutes)

CBS News

On-Air Talent – News or News Magazine

Soledad O’Brien (American Injustice: A BET TOWN HALL)

BET Networks

On-Air Talent – News Special

Stephanie Beatriz (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)

Universal Television

Actress in a Supporting Role – Comedy or Musical

Superstore

Universal Television

Ensemble Cast

Surviving R. Kelly Producing Team (Surviving R. Kelly)

Lifetime

Producer- Documentary /Unscripted / Non-Fiction – Grand Award

Tamron Hall (TAMRON HALL)

Walt Disney Television

Talk Show – Entertainment

Teacher Surprise (TODAY)

TODAY/NBC News

Soft News Feature

The Gayle King Interview with R. Kelly (CBS News)

CBS News

Special or Variety

The Loudest Voice

SHOWTIME

Limited Series

This Changes Everything

STARZ

Documentary

Tracy Oliver (First Wives Club)

BET Networks

Writer

Women’s Wellness Disrupt-HERS with Maria Shriver (The 3rd Hour of TODAY)

NBC News

News Feature Series

RADIO NATIONAL HONOREES

Breaking the taboo around pelvic floor health (White Coat, Black Art)

CBC Radio

Public Affairs [Radio – Nationally Syndicated Non-Commercial]

CBC News:  The World at Six – Kurd Crisis Inside Syria

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)

Crisis Coverage/Breaking News [Radio – Nationally Syndicated Non-Commercial]

Emily Hanford (At a Loss for Words)

American Public Media

Reporter / Correspondent / Host [Radio – Nationally Syndicated Non-Commercial]

Into the Thaw (The World)

PRX

Series [Radio – Nationally Syndicated Non-Commercial]

Latino USA (A Child Lost in Translation)

Futuro Media Group

Documentary [Radio – Nationally Syndicated Non-Commercial]

Periods! Why These 8th-Graders Aren’t Afraid To Talk About Them (Morning Edition)

NPR

Interview Feature [Radio – Nationally Syndicated Non-Commercial]

Sarah McCammon (“With Abortion Restrictions On The Rise, Some Women Induce Their Own.”)

NPR (National Public Radio)

News Feature [Radio – Nationally Syndicated Non-Commercial]

The Unpaid Cost of Elder Care

Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX

Investigative Feature [Radio – Nationally Syndicated Non-Commercial]

Bevelations

SiriusXM

Talk Show [Radio – Nationally Syndicated Commercial]

Carla Ferrell (The Steve Harvey Morning Show)

Premiere Networks

Co-host [Radio – Nationally Syndicated Commercial]

Elaina Smith (Nights with Elaina (formerly NASH Nights Live))

Westwood One

Host/Personality [Radio – Nationally Syndicated Commercial]

Jayde Donovan (The Jayde Donovan Show)

Westwood One

Weekend Host / Personality [ Radio – Nationally Syndicated Commercial ]

Liana Huth (I’m Listening)

Entercom Communications Corp

Producer – Entertainment – Special [Radio – Nationally Syndicated Commercial]

Michelle Collins (The Michelle Collins Show)

SiriusXM

Interview Feature [Radio – Nationally Syndicated Commercial]

Michelle Franzen (The NICU Cuddler)

ABC NEWS

News Feature [Radio – Nationally Syndicated Commercial]

Michelle Parisi (The Weekend Top 30 & Remix Top 30)

Premiere Networks

Producer – Entertainment Music [Radio – Nationally Syndicated Commercial]

Norah O’Donnell (CBS News on the Hour with Norah O’Donnell)

CBS News Radio

Outstanding News anchor [ Radio – Nationally Syndicated Commercial ]

Sophie Kamaruddin (Bloomberg Radio)

Bloomberg LP

Crisis Coverage [Radio – National Syndicated Commercial]

Trisha Yearwood: Every Girl at Christmas

ABC NEWS

Special [Radio – Nationally Syndicated Commercial]

INTERACTIVE MEDIA NATIONAL HONOREES

Angela Yee (Angela Yee’s Lip Service)

Angela Yee Inc.

Podcast – Entertainment

Bad Batch

Wondery

Podcast – Investigative News

Becky Quick (Squawk Pod)

CNBC Business News

Podcast Host – News

Children as passports, the phenomenon behind the humanitarian crisis on the border

Univision Noticias Digital

Website – News

Evil Eye

Audible, Inc.

Original Online Programming – Standalone Audio – Drama

Extreme violence is driving Salvadoran girls to kill themselves

Univision News Digital & TIME

Original Online Programming – Standalone Video Hard News

Ginger Zee, Inside Frozen ll

ABC NEWS

Podcast Host – Entertainment

Hanna Rosin (NPR’s Invisibilia®)

National Public Radio

Podcast Co-host/Ensemble

How to Sell Drugs (Legally)

Quartz

Original Online Programming – News

Kaila Strickland (The Comfy Closet)

The Comfy Closet

Blog

Kristyn Martin (Through Her Eyes & Baby Brain)

Yahoo News/Verizon Media Group

Online Producer

Kung Fu Nuns (Great Big Story)

Great Big Story

Original Online Programming – Standalone Video Lifestyle

Lucy Biggers (One Small Step)

NowThis

Online Video Host / Correspondent / Actress

Out Of The Woods

ESPN 30 for 30 Podcasts

Original Online Programming – Standalone Audio Sports

Paralyzed Marathon (Great Big Story)

Great Big Story

Original Online Programming –Documentary

Save Our Moms

MTV

Website – Information/Entertainment

Shine (Great Big Story)

Great Big Story

Original Online Programming – Video Series

The Cut On Tuesdays

Gimlet/Spotify/The Cut

Podcast – Lifestyle

The Pay Check

Bloomberg

Podcast – Educational Business

The Sterling Affairs

ESPN Films

Podcast – Investigative

TELEVISION LOCAL HONOREES

Ali Meyer (Baseline Breast Cancer)

KFOR-TV

Soft News Feature- Grand Award

Capital Gazette Survivors

WUSA9

Documentary

Colleen Marshall (NBC4 Columbus)

NBC4, WCMH-TV

Hard News Feature

Erin Fehlau (New Hampshire Chronicle – “Earning Their Wings: NH’s Women Aviators”)

WMUR-TV

News Magazine

Heather Fay Dawson (Women’s Work)

Connecticut Public

Director

Lesli Foster

WUSA9

On-Air Talent

Marcie Golgoski (Mothers Milk Bank of Florida)

WESH TV

Soft News Feature

Military Housing

WUSA9

Investigative Feature

Sarah Gahagan Lydick

WUSA9

Producer – Scripted / Edited / Live

Stephanie Jarvis, Mary Fecteau (IDEAS)

ideastream

Sports Feature

WUSA9 News at 11

WUSA9

News Program

TELEVISION STUDENT HONOREES

Alicia Cherem and Heather Kim (ViewFinder: Daily Crisis Farm)

University of Maryland, College Park

Documentary

Bryanna Crouch (KUJH News)

University of Kansas

Producer

Cameron Doney (CNS-TV (Capital News Service))

University of Maryland, College Park

Soft News Feature

Cierra Ysasaga (Newsline)

Brigham Young University

Director

Danielle Hallows (Newsline)

Brigham Young University

On-Air Talent

Isabela Erekson (Newsline)

Brigham Young University

Hard News Feature

RADIO LOCAL HONOREES

Amy Eddings (Morning Edition)

ideastream

Host/Anchor [Radio – Non-Commercial Local]

Beautiful Mess (CBC Radio Saskatchewan)

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)

Documentary [Radio – Non-Commercial Local]

El Paso Coverage

The Texas Newsroom

Crisis Coverage [Radio – Non-Commercial Local]

In Memoir, Mother And Trans Son ‘Pick Up The Pieces’ Of Relationship (Where We Live)

Connecticut Public Radio

Talk Show [Radio – Non-Commercial Local]

Inflection Point with Lauren Schiller

KALW 91.7FM, San Francisco and PRX

Interview Feature [Radio – Non-Commercial Local]

Jenny Brundin (Teens Under Stress)

Colorado Public Radio

News Feature [Radio – Non-Commercial Local]

Lauren Terrazas (‘Miss Emma’ Saved Her Brewery And Left A Legacy For All Of San Antonio)

Texas Public Radio

Portrait/Biography [Radio – Non-Commercial Local]

Linda Paul (Want To Combat Climate Change? Get Out and Plant A Tree)

WBEZ/ Chicago Public Media

Producer [Radio – Non-Commercial Local]

Deborah Wang (Parenting Mental Health)

KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio

Reporter/Correspondent [Radio – Non-Commercial Local]

Yasmeen Khan (WNYC News)

New York Public Radio

Series [Radio Non – Commercial Local]

“I’m Listening”: Erasing the Shame and Blame Over Mental Health In Depth

KCBS Radio (Entercom)

Public Affairs [Radio – Local]

A Healing Delivery (Daily News)

KCBS Radio (Entercom)

Soft News Feature [Radio – Local]

Angela Martinez (The Angie Martinez Show)

iheartmedia (WWPR)

Host Non-Morning Drive (Talk/Personality) Large/Major Market [Radio – Local]

Brigitte Quinn (Morning Drive Anchor)

Entercom Radio – 1010 WINS

Outstanding News Anchor [ Radio – Local]

Carla Rea (The Mike and Carla Morning Show)

Beasley Media Group

Co-host (Music DJ/ Personality) Small/Medium [Radio – Local]

Chris Rollins (Chris Rollins)

Townsquare Media/94.5 PST

Host – Morning Drive – Medium Market [Radio – Local]

Cooper Lawrence (WOR Tonight)

iHeartMedia (WOR NY)

Co-host (Talk/Personality) Large/Major Nonmorning [Radio – Local]

Deborah Honeycutt (Jim, Deb & Kevin)

CUMULUS MEDIA BROADCASTING

Co-host (Music DJ/Personality) Large/Major [Radio – Local]

Exceptional Women: “Rise Up”

Entercom Boston

Interview Feature [Radio – Local]

Garcia – Torres Fundraiser

KTMY-FM (United States of America)

Public Service Announcement [Radio – Local]

Heather Hunter (Mornings on the Mall)

CUMULUS MEDIA BROADCASTING

Producer – News Talk [Radio – Local]

Jenn Hobby (Jenn & Friends Star 94.1 Atlanta)

Entercom Atlanta

Host Morning Drive- Large/Major Market [Radio – Local]

Julie Rose (Top of Mind w/ Julie Rose)

BYU Radio

Host Non-Morning Drive (Talk/Personality) Large/Major Market [Radio – Local]

Kathryn Barnes (Santa Barbara Morning Edition/All Things Considered)

KCRW

Producer – Noncommercial [Radio – Local]

Katie Neal (Middays on New York’s Country 94.7)

Entercom New York

Host Non-Morning Drive (Music DJ/Personality) Large/Major Market [Radio – Local]

Mary Walter (Mary Walter WMAL)

WMAL

Co-host (Talk/Personality) Large/Major – Morning [Radio – Local]

Meghan Lane (95.1 WAPE’s The Big Ape Morning Mess)

Cox Media Group

Co-host (Talk/Personality) Small/Medium Market [Radio – Local]

Nancy Wilson (WHKO FM)

Cox Media Group

Host – Morning Drive – Small Market [Radio – Local]

Rebekah Maroun (Bex) (Matty In The Morning)

iheartmedia

Producer – Commercial [Radio – Local]

Shannon Farren (Gary and Shannon Show)

iHeartMedia

Crisis Coverage/Breaking News [Radio – Local]

Shannon Farren (Gary and Shannon Show)

iHeartMedia

Talk Show [Radio – Local]

Starving for Perfection

WTOP-FM

Hard News Feature [Radio – Local]

RADIO LOCAL STUDENT HONOREES

Brittany McGowan (Women Surfers Fundraise In Honor Of Feamle Surfing Icon)

Radio Hofstra University – WRHU FM / WRHU.org

Host/Personality

Eli Finkelson (A League of Our Own – Single Moms Share & Inspire)

Radio Hofstra University – WRHU FM / WRHU.org

Talk Show

Julia Presti (A League of Our Own – Fearless Female Firefighters)

Radio Hofstra University – WRHU FM / WRHU.org

Public Affairs

Karina Gonzalez (KUNR Public Radio & Noticiero Móvil)

University of Nevada, Reno

Interview Feature

Madison Bristowe (Cityscape:Back to the Garden, Remembering Woodstock)

WFUV / Fordham University

Producer

Marian Mohamed (The barrier between us is breaking: How politics brought my mom and me closer)

KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio

News Feature

INTERACTIVE MEDIA STUDENT HONOREES

Eliot Schiaparelli (Around My Block)

WFUV / Fordham University

Original Online Programming

Kacie Candela (Prickly Politics: Women in the Room)

WFUV / Fordham University

Podcast

Celebration details for this year’s winners will be announced soon.

About The Gracie Awards

The Gracies Awards is the largest fundraiser of the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (formerly known as The Foundation of American Women in Radio & Television) which supports and promotes educational programs, and scholarships to benefit the media, the public and allied fields. In addition to giving $20,000 a year away in scholarships to deserving female students, the Foundation also produces the nationally acclaimed recognition program – the Gracie Awards which honors exemplary programming created by, for and about women. The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation has created partnerships and joint initiatives with the Emma Bowen Foundation, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), NCTA – The Cable and Telecommunications Association and other organizations that are philosophically aligned with the mission of the Foundation. For more information about The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation and the Gracie Awards please visit allwomeninmedia.org and follow on Twitter (@AllWomeninMedia), (#TheGracies), Instagram (@allwomeninmedia) and Facebook.

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Catherine Combs

April, 2020

Uncategorized

Coronavirus and the Media – Mike McVay

Coronavirus and the Media Mike McVay

The Coronavirus has changed how we are living our lives at this moment in time. Social distancing, quarantining, sheltering … are all words that have become a way for us to describe our lives. Some of us are wearing masks and gloves when we must go out in public. Some never go out in public, while others continue to question if the restrictions on our lives isn’t too much.

How audiences are using media, and when they’re using it, has also changed. Morning and Afternoon commute times are non-existent. Even those who work from home are awaking later and they wrap-up work in time for dinner. Few people have in-home radios and much listening is being done on smart speakers, streaming on-line via laptops, apps or phones, and some listeners will time-shift their radio listening by using the on-demand listening that a radio show on podcast allows.

Many of us are working from home. Video conferencing is becoming a way of life for work and family connectivity. A large number of our fellow citizens are unemployed or on furlough. They’re suffering, dealing with anxiety, fear and the stress of not knowing what the future holds for them or for all of us.

Alcoholism, Drug Addiction, Spousal Abuse and Domestic Violence are all magnified in times of stress and panic. Suicide levels are predicted to increase. Recognize our first responders in the health sector as well as fire, police and military. Acknowledge them by name. Salute and honor them. Thank them.

There is the possibility that some of us, as members of media, have been exaggerating its seriousness while others have not been taking it seriously enough. We need to be factual in the information we deliver. We need to pay attention to the doctors and scientists and not politicians. Politicizing this pandemic has no purpose in serving your community.

We, as members of media, have to be sensitive to the concern of the audience. Our responsibility is to serve the community and provide them with information that can be useful to them. Stations are airing regular updates. Some are breaking away for news reports, which was not previously a part of their scheduled programming.  

One of my concerns is that the contradictory opinions of commentators, especially those on TV and on Network Radio, is destroying what little credibility was left for electronic media news operations. Mainly because some of them present themselves to be news reporters or news journalists. The content of a news report, should be factual and focused on what is important to the target audience. The content of a commentator or talk host should be labeled as commentary.  There is absolutely nothing improper about a commentator taking a stance and presenting a position that may include political views and editorial commentary. Don’t present it as news. It is commentary.

Real people have died and are dying. Real people are becoming sick, or will become sick, and some of those who are yet to be inflicted will die. Someone recently commented to me “fewer have died than what was predicted.” That doesn’t mean that we didn’t need to take steps to protect our citizenry. It means that the steps we have taken, and are still taking, are working.

I remember when I was a small child, just about 10, my father and I would watch the nightly news on TV. In those days, the Vietnam War was in full swing and the evening news would include a daily death toll of Americans who lost their lives. One evening the number was single digits. I said aloud “that’s not very many.” My father replied “unless its your son that died.” That’s how I feel when I hear someone note that the death toll for Coronavirus, while high, is less than what was predicted to happen by this time.

This story is meant to underscore that you should be sensitive to the loss of familial lives that many are enduring. It’s time for a kinder, gentler world. It should be reflected in what you say and how you deliver content on-air.

Be factual. Don’t politicize. Don’t exaggerate or dismiss the information that is being delivered to us from recognized credible medical experts who are at the center of the research that’s being done to find a vaccine and a cure for COVD-19.

Those shows that play games and air bits that make light of someone’s lack of intelligence, should be reconsidered, much like the sometimes-collegial humor that makes fun of an on-air partner. Don’t be mean. Avoid sounding mean spirited. Your credibility, as an air talent, will be magnified by being understanding of the less fortunate. Don’t make every story of hardship about you. Acknowledge how blessed you are to be working. Realize that many aren’t as lucky as you are.

There are four faces of Coverage of the Coronavirus. Awareness, Acceptance, Encouragement and Memory.  

Awareness was when we first heard of the virus. It ramped up significantly before we were able to grasp and understand that this was unlike anything that we had faced in our lives.

Acceptance is when we acknowledged that the pandemic was real, that we would all know individuals who would be infected with this virus, and that some would die.

Encouragement is what we have to do for our audiences. Encourage them that we will get through this pandemic. Share with them things that they can do while sheltering. Look for positive, but factual, news to report to the audience. The peak having been reached in some communities. A decline in deaths. Talk of sports activities being rescheduled. It gives us all an “end point” to look forward to.

Memory is what we hope is ahead of us. Remembering what it was like when we were in lockdown. What good came from it, besides health, and what lessons can we learn from it?

There are some artists and production houses working on creating a musical tribute to the heroes of the pandemic and others working on an event to raise funds for the memory of this event. Don’t be gratuitous and, if you’re an artist, don’t be opportunistic by taking advantage of this crisis to personally benefit.  

We need to plan for what happens when we’re allowed to come back to the “outside world.” Party Centers, normally only open during weekends, will be booked for events seven days a week. There will be “make-ups” for lots of events that had been postponed. Wedding Receptions, Baby Showers, Graduations, Birthday Parties, Celebrations of Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah, Baptisms, Funerals or Celebrations of Life.

Provide guidance on where your listeners can find information on filing for unemployment. Where can individuals go to find out their options to refinance their homes or delay payments. What can be done to assist small businesses to stay in business during this time? How will the government’s COVID-19 recovery plans help everyone from individuals to big business? Surviving is what’s most important to all of us, at this moment, and will be important to our recovery.

Benztown and Emmis have worked together to create a short series of updates named Corona411. Westwood One is developing information for stations to use. Some stations will create their own info pieces. These are not promotional messages. They shouldn’t sound like a promo or a sweeper. These are elements of information that carry weight. They should sound special and unique.

https://tunein.com/podcasts/News–Politics-Podcasts/Coronavirus-411-alerts-updates-and-information-p1289595/

We should be messaging that this is not a time to make jokes about the outbreak. It isn’t a time to present tongue-in-cheek contests that are about this health crisis. It’s also not a time to panic our listeners by being anything more than factual. It is a time to share positive news, too. Give the audience a reason to smile.

It may be months and months before there is a vaccination that will prevent this virus from infecting our listeners. We’re all hoping that we’ll see life start to get back to normal, soon. However, we’ve not yet seen the crest of the wave of this illness in a total fashion for the United States. We have to help the world live a normal life.

Many air-talents are broadcasting remotely. Encourage them to mention that fact on-air. How is working from home impacting their lives? How are they occupying their days and the days of their family members? The purpose of such talk is not to make it about them, but to create the feeling of community. “We’re all in this together. We’re going to get through this.”

Update your imaging. Eliminate the “Listen at Work” liners. Come up with imaging that reinforces listening “Listen while you work, no matter where and when you work, whether at home or on-site.”

Look for WOW moments to unite your audience. It could be playing the National Anthem daily at 12:00pm to salute the men and women who are fighting on the frontline of the Coronavirus. It could be creating a consistent moment to underscore that we’re all in this together. Like playing Queen’s song “We Will Rock You” at 6:00pm nightly … as some radio stations are doing. Honor your hometown heroes while giving the rest of us hope.

Don’t talk about what you’re doing on-air as if it is work. It isn’t “work” compared to what the majority of your audience considers to be work. Embrace your audience and relate to them by acknowledging how tough these times are for them.

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Mike McVay is President of McVay Media Consulting. A media firm that focuses on content creation, coaching on-air personalities, marketing strategy, audience development and growth, and advises all platforms for audio companies. www.mcvaymedia.com

Catherine Combs

March, 2020

Press Release

The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation Postpones the Gracie Awards Gala to September 22, 2020

The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) has made the decision to postpone the 45th Annual Gracie Awards Gala, scheduled for May 19th, due to recommendations from public health officials surrounding the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The safety of our honorees, staff and partners involved in the annual gala remains top priority. The Gracies Gala will now take place on September 22, 2020 at the Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills, A Four Seasons Hotel.

“We are grateful to the women and men who are keeping the public connected and informed to stay healthy and safe during the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic,” said Becky Brooks, Executive Director of AWM. “In this unprecedented time, we must come together as a community in media and as human beings. We are looking forward to the day when we can once again convene to honor the brave reporters, creators and the extraordinary programming in all mediums of news and entertainment.”

The Gracie Awards Gala honors outstanding individual achievement and programming by, for and about women in national television, radio and interactive media.  AWMF will contact this year’s entrants within the next few weeks, followed by a public announcement of the winners.

AWMF extends a tremendous thank you to sponsors of the Gracies Gala who are committed to supporting the future of women in media.  Along with Ziploc® Brand, the Diamond Sponsor of the 2020 Gracies Gala, this year’s sponsors include: Crown Media Family Networks; ViacomCBS; CNN; Katz Media Group; NCTA – The Internet & Television Association; and, Beasley Media Group and Cox Media Group, sponsors of the Gracies Luncheon.

Catherine Combs

February, 2020

Uncategorized

Alliance for Women in Media, Foundation Announce 2020 Board

The Alliance for Women in Media and its Foundation (AWM/F) are pleased to announce their 2020 National Board of Directors. New to the AWM Board are: Katina Arnold, vice president, corporate communications, ESPN; Abby Auerbach, executive vice president, chief communications officer, TVB; Michelle Ray, executive director, The Walter Kaitz Foundation; Sandra Rice, senior vice president, outreach and strategic partnerships, Center for Talent Innovation; and, Esther Mireya Tejeda, senior vice president, head of corporate communications & PR, Entercom.

Officers of the board have been announced as Keisha Sutton-James, Chair, vice president & CEO, Sutton Button Productions LLC, serving as chair, Heather Cohen, executive vice president, The Weiss Agency, serving as incoming chair and Christine Travaglini, president, Katz Radio Group, serving as immediate past chair.  Josie Thomas, CBS, serving as treasurer, while Annie Howell, co-founder and managing partner, The Punch Point Group, serving as incoming treasurer. 

The following individuals will serve as Directors at Large of AWM: Joyce Fitch, legal consultant, Abby Greensfelder, founder & CEO, Everywoman Studios; Brenda Hetrick, chief revenue officer, Matrix Solutions; Jinny Laderer, co-founder & CEO, vCreative; Meg LaVigne, president, LaVIGNE MEDIA; Kelly Perdomo, vice president, content, sports, entertainment, and partnership marketing, SiriusXM; and, Katherine Wolfgang, head of public relations, CBC.

“The role of the AWM and Foundation boards is to lead our organizations and industry as we recognize, connect and educate women in radio, television and interactive media.  We have a true working Board,” stated Becky Brooks, AWM executive director.  “This year’s new directors have voiced their dedication to donating time and resources to take these organizations to the next level.  We are thrilled to have these talented, accomplished women joining our leadership for the next two years.”

The following individuals will serve as Directors at Large of AWMF: Deborah Parenti, publisher, RadioInk, RBR and TVBR; Rob Stoddard, SVP industry & association affairs, NCTA – The Internet & Television Association; and Kristen Welch, chief financial officer, Illustrative Mathematics.

About the Alliance for Women in Media (AWM): The Alliance for Women in Media connects, recognizes and inspires women across the media industry. AWM is a diverse community – whether type of media, job or global location – that facilitates industry-wide collaboration, education, and innovation. Established in 1951 as American Women in Radio & Television (AWRT), AWM is the longest-established professional association dedicated to advancing women in media and entertainment. AWM harnesses the promise, passion and power of women in all forms of media to empower career development, engage in thought leadership, and drive positive change for our industry and societal progress.

About the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation: In 1960, the Alliance for Women in Media became the first professional broadcasting organization to establish an educational 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, public service campaigns and scholarships to benefit the public, the electronic media and allied fields. The Foundation also produces nationally acclaimed recognition programs, including the Gracie Awards®, honoring exemplary programming created by, for or about women and individual achievement. The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, educational organization. For the latest news on the Gracies, follow The Gracies on Twitter and Facebook. For more information about the Gracie Awards and to submit your entries, please visit www.allwomeninmedia.org/gracies.