Catherine Combs

June, 2021

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46th ANNUAL GRACIE AWARDS WINNERS ANNOUNCED BY THE ALLIANCE FOR WOMEN IN MEDIA FOUNDATION

HONOREES INCLUDE KERRY WASHINGTON, CATHERINE O’HARA, LENA WAITHE, KELLY CLARKSON, HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON, DEDE MCGUIRE, ERIN ANDREWS, BLACK-ISH, MRS. AMERICA, FOLKLORE & CBS THIS MORNING’S “BREONNA TAYLOR: HER LIFE, DEATH AND LEGACY”

Awards Ceremony to take place on September 27 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel

LOS ANGELES, CA (June 9, 2021) – The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) announced the winners of the 46th Annual Gracie Awards. The Gracie Awards Gala will take place September 27, 2021 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles and will honor some of the most talented women in television, radio and digital media, including Kerry Washington, Catherine O’Hara, Lena Waithe, Kelly Clarkson, Hillary Rodham Clinton, DeDe McGuire, Danielle Monaro and Erin Andrews. This year’s ceremony will also recognize entertainment and news programming that addressed timely topics and social issues, including TODAY Show, CBS This Morning, black-ish, Mrs. America and folklore: the long pond studio sessions.

Erin Andrews, Lindsay Czarniak, Sara Sidner and Danielle Monaro have recorded special messages of appreciation:

“Throughout this important year, we have enjoyed some of the most compelling content in our history. We were informed, enlightened and entertained by women in media across all platforms,” said Becky Brooks, President, Alliance for Women in Media Foundation. “As we celebrate AWM’s 70th anniversary, we are thrilled to honor this incredible group of women who have demonstrated their commitment to sharing emotionally-charged, timely and compelling content. We look forward to reconvening in person to recognize these incredible achievements and brave storytelling.”

The Gracies recognize exemplary programming created by, for and about women in radio, television, cable and interactive media. Honorees are selected in national, local and student markets, including both commercial and non-commercial outlets. In lieu of the Gracie Awards Luncheon, which will no longer take place in person on June 26 in New York City, local and student award winners will be recognized virtually. An alternate in-person celebration is currently being evaluated.

In the sixth 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 opportunity for future generations.

Sponsors of The Gracies include Ziploc®, Crown Media Family Networks, CNN, NCTA – the Internet and Television Association, Katz Media Group and Beasley Media Group.

The complete winners list is below. Honorees are listed in alphabetical order within each category. To view the complete list of award recipients and honorable mentions visit allwomeninmedia.org.

TELEVISION NATIONAL HONOREES

24 Hours: Assault On the Capitol (ABC News and Hulu)

ABC NEWS

Frontline – Special Report [TV – National]

60 in 6: Covid and Domestic Abuse

CBS News

Investigative Feature [TV – National]

60 Minutes: Talking to the Past

CBS News

Soft News Feature [TV – National]

Alexa Mansour & Aliyah Royale (The Walking Dead: World Beyond)

AMC Networks

Actress in a Breakthrough Role- Drama [TV – National]

Bess Kalb, Karen Chee, Akilah Green, Franchesca Ramsey, Jocelyn Richard (Yearly Departed)

Amazon Studios

Writer Scripted- Comedy [TV – National]

Between the World and Me

HBO

Special [TV – National]

black-ish

Disney Television Studios

Comedy [TV – National]

Bravery and Hope: 7 Days on the Front Line (CBS News Special)

CBS News

Documentary- Covid Special [TV – National]

Breonna Taylor: Her Life, Death and Legacy (CBS This Morning)

CBS News

Hard News Feature- Interview [TV – National]

Caitriona Balfe (Outlander)

Starz

Actress in a Leading Role – Drama [TV – National]

Catherine O’Hara (Schitt’s Creek)

Not a Real Company Productions, Inc., Pop TV, CBC

Actress in a Leading Role – Comedy or Musical [TV – National]

Catherine Reitman (Workin’ Moms)

Wolf + Rabbit Entertainment ULC

Showrunner Fiction- Comedy [TV – National]

Cecilia Peck, Inbal B. Lessner (Seduced: Inside the NXIVM Cult)

Starz

Showrunner Nonfiction [TV – National]

Erin Andrews (FOX NFL)

FOX Sports

On-Air Talent – Sports [TV – National]

Eve Lindley (Dispatches from Elsewhere)

AMC Networks

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

folklore: the long pond studio sessions

Disney+

Grand Award for Special or Variety [TV – National]

Gina Brillon (Gina Brillon: The Floor is Lava)

Amazon Prime Video & Comedy Dynamics

Variety [TV – National]

Hear Her Voice (Nightline)

ABC NEWS

Hard News Feature [TV – National]

Hoda Kotb & Jenna Bush Hager (TODAY with Hoda & Jenna)

TODAY Show/NBC News

On-Air Talent – Lifestyle, Entertainment [TV – National]

Jessica Goldberg (AWAY)

True Jack Productions USA, Sixth and Idaho, Refuge Inc.

Showrunner Fiction- Drama [TV – National]

Julie Anne Robinson (Bridgerton)

Netflix

Director [TV – National]

Kate Redding (TODAY Show)

TODAY Show/NBC News

Producer- News [TV – National]

Katie Hinman (On The Trail: Inside the 2020 Primaries)

CNN

Producer- Documentary /Unscripted / Non-Fiction [TV-National]

Kerry Washington (Little Fires Everywhere)

Disney Television Studios

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

Lena Waithe (The Chi)

Showtime Networks, Inc. & Hillman Grad Productions

Writer Scripted- Drama [TV – National]

Maitreyi Ramakrishnan (Never Have I Ever)

Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group

Actress in a Breakthrough Role- Comedy [TV – National]

Mariana van Zeller (Trafficked with Mariana van Zeller)

National Geographic

Reporter/Correspondent [TV – National]

Martha Raddatz

ABC NEWS

Frontline – Reporter/Correspondent [TV – National]

Mary Mazzio (A MOST BEAUTIFUL THING)

50 Eggs Films

Writer Unscripted [TV – National]

Monica Dávila (Santiago of the Seas)

Nickelodeon

Director- Family [TV – National]

Morgan Radford (Nightly News, TODAY Show, MSNBC, Noticias Telemundo)

NBC News

On-Air Talent – News or News Magazine [TV – National]

Mrs. America

FX Networks

Ensemble Cast [TV – National]

Mrs. America

FX Networks

Limited Series  [TV – National]

Not Done: Women Remaking America

PBS/Verizon Media Group/McGee Media

Documentary [TV – National]

Play Like A Girl (ESPN’s College GameDay)

ESPN – Features Unit

Sports Feature [TV – National]

Robin Roberts’ exclusive interview with Judge Esther Salas (Good Morning America)

ABC NEWS

Interview Feature [TV – National]

Sally Woodward Gentle (Killing Eve)

BBC AMERICA

Producer- Entertainment [TV – National]

Sara Sidner (Race & Unrest in America)

CNN

News Feature Series [TV – National]

SC Featured: Women In Sports – The Trailblazers

ESPN – Features Unit

Sports Program [TV – National]

SciGirls (Code Concert)

Twin Cities PBS

Family Series [TV – National]

Selenis Leyva (Diary of a Future President)

CBS Studios

Actress in a Supporting Role – Comedy or Musical [TV- National]

Shannon Thornton (P-Valley)

Starz

Actress in a Supporting Role – Drama [TV – National]

Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi

Hulu, Part 2 Pictures, Delicious Entertainment

Non-Fiction Entertainment [TV – National]

The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel

Lifetime

Made for Television Movie [TV – National]

The Kelly Clarkson Show

NBCUniversal Syndication Studios

Talk Show – Entertainment [TV – National]

This Is Us

Disney Television Studios

Drama [TV – National]

TODAY Show

TODAY Show/NBC News

News Program [TV – National]

VICE on Showtime

VICE News and Showtime

News Magazine [TV – National]

RADIO NATIONAL HONOREES

Allison Keyes (Weekend Roundup)

CBS News Radio

Frontline – Special Report [Radio National]

Alzheimer’s in Color (Latino USA)

Futuro Media

Documentary [Radio – Nationally Syndicated Non-Commercial]

Cami McCormick and Deborah Rodriguez (CBS World News Roundup)

CBS News Radio

Crisis Coverage [Radio – National Syndicated Commercial]

China’s Coronavirus Crisis (All Things Considered)

NPR (National Public Radio)

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

Danielle Monaro (Elvis Duran and the Morning Show)

iHeartMedia/Premiere Networks

Co-host [Radio – Nationally Syndicated Commercial]

DeDe McGuire (DeDe in the Morning)

Compass Media Networks / Service Broadcasting Group

Host/Personality [Radio – Nationally Syndicated Commercial]

Estelle (The Estelle Show)

Apple Music Radio

Host/Personality- Digital Streaming [Radio – Nationally Syndicated Commercial]

Hilary Kramer (Hilary Kramer’s Millionaire Maker)

Salem Media Group

Weekend Host / Personality- Talk Host [ Radio – Nationally Syndicated Commercial ]

Ina Jaffe (Morning Edition/Weekend Edition)

NPR (National Public Radio)

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

Jessica Beck (Snapshots from Black America)

BBC Radio 4

Producer [Radio – Nationally Syndicated Non-Commercial]

Jill Schlesinger (Jill on Money)

CBS News Radio

Talk Show [Radio – Nationally Syndicated Commercial]

Karen Travers (ABC News)

ABC NEWS

Outstanding News Anchor [ Radio – Nationally Syndicated Commercial ]

Lindsay Czarniak (Important Conversations with Lindsay Czarniak)

SiriusXM

News Feature [Radio – Nationally Syndicated Commercial]

Lisa Abramowicz (Generation Interrupted)

Bloomberg LP

Special [Radio – Nationally Syndicated Commercial]

Lulu Garcia-Navarro & Peter Breslow (Weekend Edition Sunday)

NPR (National Public Radio)

Public Affairs [Radio – Nationally Syndicated Non-Commercial]

Marla Gibbs: A Living Treasure (Café Mocha Radio)

Miles Ahead Broadcasting/Compass Media Networks

Interview Feature [Radio – Nationally Syndicated Commercial]

Noel King (How A Mother Protects Her Black Teenage Son From The World)

NPR (National Public Radio)

Interview Feature [Radio – Nationally Syndicated Non-Commercial]

Reconciling History: The Ordeal of One Last Surviving “Sex Slave” of Wartime Philippines (Weekend Edition Sunday)

NPR (National Public Radio)

Investigative Feature [Radio – Nationally Syndicated Non-Commercial]

Reema Khrais (This Is Uncomfortable)

Marketplace – American Public Media

News Feature [Radio – Nationally Syndicated Non-Commercial]

Roula Christie (WEEKENDS WITH ROULA)

Westwood One

Weekend Host / Personality- Music Host [ Radio – Nationally Syndicated Commercial ]

Stuck-At-Home Moms: The Pandemic’s Devastating Toll On Women (All Things Considered & Morning Edition)

NPR (National Public Radio)

Series [Radio – Nationally Syndicated Non-Commercial]

Victoria Balestrieri (Make Way – A Celebration of Women’s Basketball)

SiriusXM

Producer – Talk [Radio Nationally Syndicated Commercial]

DIGITAL MEDIA NATIONAL HONOREES

Amicus Presents: The Class of RBG

Slate

Original Online Programming – Standalone Audio [DM – National]

Brooke Thomas (The Black Report)

Meruelo Media

Frontline – Original Online Programming – News/Documentary [DM – National]

Carol Sutton Lewis (Ground Control Parenting with Carol Sutton Lewis)

Ground Control Parenting

Podcast – Educational [DM – National]

Caroline Fairchild (Working Together)

LinkedIn News

Blog [DM – National]

CNN Style

CNN Digital

Website – Information/Entertainment [DM – National]

Creators for Change on Girls’ Education with Michelle Obama

YouTube Originals

Original Online Programming – Video Series [DM – National]

HerMoney.com

HerMoney Media, Inc.

Website – News [DM – National]

Hillary Clinton (You And Me Both with Hillary Clinton)

iHeartRadio

Podcast Host – Entertainment [ DM – National ]

Kavitha A. Davidson (The Lead)

Wondery & The Athletic

Podcast – Sports [DM – National]

Liz Oliva Fernández (The War on Cuba)

Belly of the Beast

Online Video Host / Correspondent / Actress [DM – National]

Malika Bilal (The Take)

Al Jazeera Digital, Audio

Podcast Host – News [ DM – National ]

MOBITUARIES: Anna May Wong – Death of a Trailblazer (CBS Sunday Morning)

CBS News

Podcast – Entertainment [DM – National]

#IAMVANESSAGUILLEN (Real America with Jorge Ramos)

Univision News

Original Online Programming – Standalone Video [DM – National]

Somebody

Topic Studios, The Intercept, and the Invisible Institute

Podcast – Investigative [ DM – National ]

Stephanie Wittels Wachs, Jackie Danziger, Jessica Cordova Kramer (Last Day (Season 2))

Lemonada Media

Podcast Producer  [DM – National]

The Lakota Daughters

Voice of America

Original Online Programming – News/Documentary [DM – National]

The Michelle Obama Podcast

Spotify & Higher Ground

Podcast – Lifestyle [DM – National]

Tika Sumpter and Thai Randolph (The Suga)

Stitcher

Podcast Co-host/Ensemble [DM – National]

Zahra Rasool (Still Here)

AJ Contrast, Al Jazeera Digital

Online Producer [DM – National]

TELEVISION LOCAL HONOREES

Ashley Stroehlein (Dancing Through the Fight of a Lifetime)

WCNC Charlotte

Sports Feature [TV – Local]

Grace Chimel

WUSA9

Director [TV – Local]

JC Whittington (Daisy Fields)

WUSA9

Soft News Feature [TV – Local]

Jessica Miller (A Turning Point: The Healing Power of Poetry)

WKYC

Producer – Scripted / Edited / Live [TV – Local]

Kirstin Garriss (Black in America: Generational Pain & Healing)

Fox13 Memphis – Cox Media Group

On-Air Talent [TV – Local]

Lori Jane Gliha (Police, Paramedics, and Ketamine: What Happened to Elijah McClain?)

KDVR/FOX31

Investigative Feature [TV – Local]

Ocoee Massacre

WFTV-CHANNEL 9

Documentary [TV – Local]

Race in Chicago

WMAQ-TV

News Program [TV – Local]

Robin Wilhoit Elizabeth Sims (Ten News at 5/ What it is like to be in a Covid-19 Vaccine Trial)

WBIR-TV

Hard News Feature [TV – Local]

Sia Nyorkor (The Next 400: #DefendBlackWomen)

WOIO-TV

News Magazine [TV – Local]

WUSA9 Inauguration Day (WUSA9 11pm – Inauguration Day)

WUSA9

Frontline – Special Report [TV – Local]

RADIO NON-COMMERCIAL LOCAL HONOREES

Angela King (No more haircuts: Stylist says closing salons is right thing to do to stop COVID-19)

KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio

Interview Feature [Radio – Non-Commercial Local]

Bonnie Petrie (Petrie Dish)

Texas Public Radio

Host/Anchor [Radio – Non-Commercial Local]

Carson Frame

Texas Public Radio & The American Homefront Project

Reporter/Correspondent [Radio – Non-Commercial Local]

Daniella Cheslow (In Virginia, A Family Tragedy Stirs New Life In A Burial Ground For The Enslaved)

WAMU

News Feature [Radio – Non-Commercial Local]

Fernanda Camerena (Petrie Dish)

Texas Public Radio & The Texas Newsroom

Producer [Radio – Non-Commercial Local]

Going Flat or Building New Breasts: Two Women’s Post Mastectomy Stories (Audacious)

Connecticut Public Radio

Talk Show [Radio – Non-Commercial Local]

Gwynne Hogan (WNYC/Gothamist)

WNYC/Gothamist

Crisis Coverage [Radio – Non-Commercial Local]

Postcards From The Pandemic

ideastream

Series [Radio Non – Commercial Local]

Victoria Chamberlin (How This Army Officer Is Memorializing Her Stillborn Daughter Through Music)

WAMU

Portrait/Biography [Radio – Non-Commercial Local]

‘Why Can’t I Breathe?’ How Systemic Racism Makes COVID-19 Worse For Communities Of Color

Texas Public Radio & The Texas Newsroom

Special [Radio – Non-Commercial Local]

RADIO LOCAL HONOREES

Alex Razo (Wake Up Call  / The Bill Handel Show)

KFI AM 640

Producer [Radio – Local]

Amanda Orlando (Jim & Amanda on WARM98.5)

CUMULUS MEDIA BROADCASTING

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

Annie Frey (The Annie Frey Show on 971FMTalk)

Audacy

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

Brigitte Quinn (The Wedding)

1010 WINS

Interview Feature [Radio – Local]

Chaos In The Capitol, A Nation Divided

WCBS-AM/Audacy New York

Frontline – Special Report [Radio Local]

Covid Community Help

Cox Media Group

Public Service Announcement- Community Giveback [Radio – Local]

KNX News (Emily Valdez)

KNX AM

Breaking News [Radio – Local]

Help for Domestic Abuse Victims During The Pandemic Shutdown (Sonstein Sunday) (Shelli Sonstein)

WAXQ-FM IHeartRadio USA

Public Affairs- Crisis Coverage [Radio – Local]

Holly Quan

KCBS RADIO (Audacy-San Francisco)

Outstanding News Anchor [ Radio – Local]

Jamie Morris (Jamie & You)

Connoisseur Media LLC

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

Jillene Khan (Jillene Khan on Magic 98)

Mid-West Family Broadcasting

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

Juliet Huddy (Curtis & Juliet)

WABC Radio

Frontline – Reporter/Correspondent [Radio Local]

Kelly Ford (Kelly Ford in the Morning)

Audacy

Host Morning Drive- Major Market [Radio – Local]

Lori Voornas (Lori Voornas-WJBQ-Portland)

Townsquare Media

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

Maggie Gray (The Moose and Maggie Show)

Audacy New York

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

Marci Wiser (95.5 KLOS/Los Angeles/Rock Format)

Meruelo Media

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

Megan Lynch (The COVID Recession – Worse for Women)

Audacy/KMOX

Hard News Feature [Radio – Local]

myTalk’s Project Down & Dirty Classic Radio Drama

KTMY-FM (United States of America)

Public Service Announcement [Radio – Local]

Sue Purnell  “Big Sue” (WHRK-FM)

iHeartMedia Memphis

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

Susy Solis (KRLD Difference Makers)

Audacy

Soft News Feature [Radio – Local]

The Gabe And Nina Morning Show (Nina Hajian)

Audacy Chicago

Crisis Coverage [Radio – Local]

VOICES with Pebbles (Pebbles)

Beasley Media Group

Public Affairs [Radio – Local]

TELEVISION STUDENT HONOREES

Andrea L. Cabrera (Newsline)

Brigham Young University

On-Air Talent [TV – Student]

Carly Wasserlein (Newsline)

Brigham Young University

Director [TV – Student]

Courtney Adema and Julia Wachtel (Hofstra Today)

Hofstra University

Producer [TV – Student]

Healthcare’s New Home: A Barbershop Story (Sidni Espinosa)

University of Maryland College Park

Hard News Feature [TV – Student]

Local artist memorializes lives lost to COVID-19 (Kelsey Mannix)

Capital News Service

Soft News Feature [TV – Student]

The Flyover State (Amelia Jarecke)

University of Maryland College Park

Documentary [TV – Student]

RADIO STUDENT HONOREES

Katie Francis (Katie Francis – The Rowan Report)

Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM

Host/Personality [Radio – Student]

Natalie Khait (First Female District Attorney in Nassau County Inspires & Encourages More Women to Enter Politics)

Radio Hofstra University – WRHU FM / WRHU.org

Interview Feature [Radio – Student]

Nora Thomas (IS COVID-19 FORCING DISPLACEMENT IN LOW-INCOME AREAS?)

WFUV / Fordham University

News Feature [Radio – Student]

Rylee Meyer and Alexandra Cann (The Social Media Effect)

Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM

Public Affairs [Radio – Student]

Women in Politics / Double Standards – A League of Our Own (Eli Finkelson)

Radio Hofstra University – WRHU FM / WRHU.org

Talk Show [Radio – Student]

Zia Kelly, Madison Conte, Hannah France, Isabella Paxton, Veronica Mohesky, Alec Stutson, Jane Mather-Glass, Olivia Moses (The Check-In)

KBIA

Producer [Radio – Student]

DIGITAL MEDIA STUDENT HONOREES

Carmen Collins (WFUV NEWS PRESENTS: STAYING SAFE AND SANE)

WFUV / Fordham University

Online Producer [DM – Student]

Madison Lawson (The Obvious Question)

KBIA

Podcast Host [DM – Student]

ViewFinder Season #12 (ViewFinder Spring 2020 Virtual Screening)

ViewFinder of Capital News Service at University of Maryland, College Park

Original Online Programming [DM – Student]

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, 2021

Press Release

The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation Opens Applications for 2021 Scholarship Program

April 15, 2021 (New York City/Los Angeles) – The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) Scholarship Program is now accepting applications for the 2021 fall semester.  In partnership with the Ford Motor Company Fund, The Loreen Arbus Foundation, and NCTA – The Internet and Television Association, AWMF recognizes and supports future generations of women in media with over $20,000 in scholarships awarded annually.

“For years, these generous partners have stood with AWMF to support, encourage, and promote women in the media industry at every level, and we are proud to continue that tradition of advancing women in media,” says Heather Cohen, Chair, AWM/F Board of Directors. “Now, more than ever, we are proud to provide deserving young women the opportunity to complete their education and meet their full potential.”

The AWMF Scholarship Program opportunities include:

Ford Emerging Voices Scholarship

In partnership with the Ford Motor Company Fund, the “Emerging Voices” Scholarship consists of one $4,000 scholarship for a student pursuing a media career as a producer, writer, director or on the business side of media companies in areas such as television, radio, digital media, streaming, publishing, advertising, and production, made payable directly to the student’s educational institute in the name of Ford Motor Company Fund for the 2021 fall academic semester. The selected winner will be given the opportunity to be mentored by an Alliance for Women in Media Board member. Winning submissions will be featured on AWM’s website and social networks. The mission of the Ford Motor Company fund is to strengthen communities and help make people’s lives better. Education is the foundation for success. It is key to making lives better, creating social change and building sustainable communities. That’s why Ford Fund invests more than $16 million annually to support educational initiatives that empower people to envision and lead change in their communities or in their own lives.

Ford Empowering America Scholarship

In partnership with the Ford Motor Company Fund, the “Empowering America” Scholarship program consists of one $5,000 scholarship for a winning student pursuing a media career as talent in front of the camera or microphone in an area such as television, radio, or digital media, made payable directly to the student’s educational institute in the name of Ford Motor Company Fund for the 2021 fall academic semester. The selected winner will be given the opportunity to work with the Ford Motor Company Fund to conduct interviews as part of the Faces of Ford Fund program. Winning submissions will be featured on AWM’s website and social networks.

Loreen Arbus Foundation & AWMF Scholarship

The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation engaged in a partnership with The Loreen Arbus Foundation to focus on the needs, achievements, contributions, and stories of citizens with disabilities. The Loreen Arbus Foundation and AWMF Scholarship provides a deserving female communications/media undergraduate or graduate student with a scholarship to their educational institution for $2,500 and a ticket to attend an upcoming AWM event. Winning submissions will be featured on AWM’s website and social networks.  The Loreen Arbus Foundation supports a broad scope of interests including advocacy for women and girls, scientific and medical research, minorities, people with disabilities, gender and racial equality in media, the arts, animal rights, and global peace. The Foundation has established and funds many scholarships that both enhance and elevate social consciousness around key societal issues. Loreen Arbus holds the trailblazing distinction of being the first woman to head programming for a U.S. network, a feat accomplished twice (both at Showtime and Cable Health Network/Lifetime).

NCTA & AWMF Scholarship

The NCTA – The Internet and Television Association & AWMF Scholarship allows a deserving female communications/media undergraduate or graduate student to create an original piece (essay, digital short, video, animation, multi-media or other concept chosen by the student) that will be featured in NCTA and AWMF media distribution channels. In addition, the chosen student will receive a scholarship to their educational institution for $5,000 and a ticket to attend an upcoming AWM event. This scholarship serves to fund a promising student’s education as well as to provide a unique and compelling piece for her resume. NCTA believes in a technology and entertainment future that will advance innovation, inspire creativity, unleash connectivity, and exceed consumer expectations for a wide range of high-quality services. Annually, the organization donates millions to efforts that include everything from enhancing student learning and digital literacy, to restoring and rebuilding towns after natural disasters, and much more.

The Alliance for Women in Media, celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, is the longest-established professional association dedicated to advancing women in all facets of media. The Foundation supports educational programs and scholarships and hosts the Gracie Awards, which recognize individual achievement and programing by, for, and about women at the student, local, and national level.

To learn more about the AWMF scholarship opportunities and to apply, visit https://allwomeninmedia.org/foundation/scholarships/.  Scholarship materials are due by June 11, 2021.

 

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About the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF): 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.

Catherine Combs

February, 2021

Press Release

The Alliance for Women in Media and its Foundation Announce the 2021 Board of Directors and Officers

In its 70th year since inception, the Alliance for Women in Media and its Foundation (AWM/F) are pleased to announce their 2021 National Board of Directors. New to the Alliance for Women in Media (AWM) Board are: Kenetta Bailey, senior vice president, marketing, Clear Channel Outdoor (CCO); Marsha Cooke, senior vice president, global news and special projects, Vice Media, LLC.; and, Melissa Wright, chief content officer, Twin Cities PBS (TPT). New to the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) Board are: Svetlana Gans, vice president & associate general counsel, NCTA, The Internet & Television Association; Mike McVay, president, McVay Media Consulting; Josie Thomas, former chief diversity & inclusion officer, CBS; and Christine Travaglini, president, Katz Radio Group.

Officers of the board have been announced as Heather Cohen, executive vice president, The Weiss Agency, serving as chair, Annie Howell, chief communications officer, Crown Media Family Networks (Hallmark), serving as incoming chair, Keisha Sutton-James, vice president & CEO, Sutton Button Productions LLC, serving as immediate past chair, Joyce Fitch, legal consultant, serving as treasurer, and Brenda Hetrick, chief revenue officer, Matrix Solutions, serving as incoming treasurer. 

“The role of the AWM and Foundation boards is to lead our organizations and industry as we recognize, connect and educate women in all facets of media.  We have a true working Board,” stated Becky Brooks, president, AWM/F.  “As AWM celebrate its 70th anniversary this year, it has never been more important to have strong, insightful leadership. This year’s new directors have voiced their dedication to donating time and resources to guide 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 continue to serve as Directors at Large of AWM: Katina Arnold, vice president, corporate communications, ESPN; Abby Auerbach, executive vice president, chief communications officer, TVB; Abby Greensfelder, founder & CEO, Everywoman Studios; Brenda Hetrick, chief revenue officer, Matrix Solutions; Michelle Ray, executive director, The Walter Kaitz Foundation; Sandra Rice, senior vice president, outreach and strategic partnerships, Center for Talent Innovation; Esther-Mireya Tejeda, chief marketing & communications officer, SoundExchange;and, Katherine Wolfgang, head of public relations, CBC. Deborah Parenti, publisher, RadioInk, RBR and TVBR will continue to serve as a Director at Large of AWMF.

AWMF is also pleased to announce that AWM/F board members Heather Cohen, Annie Howell and Mike McVay will continue to serve as chairs for the Gracie Awards. Learn more about the Gracie Awards, presented by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation, at https://allwomeninmedia.org/gracies/.

As AWM kicks off its 70th anniversary celebrations, there are ways to stay involved. Follow AWM’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, sign up for the FastForward Newsletter, and enjoy the growing range of member benefits by becoming a member of AWM today.

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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 (AWMF): 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.

Catherine Combs

January, 2021

Uncategorized

Alliance for Women in Media Foundation Extends Deadline for the 2021 Gracie Award Entries and Announces New Categories

Foundation announces Gracies Gala postponed to September and Gracies Luncheon postponed to July

January 12, 2021 (New York City/Los Angeles) – The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) has announced that the deadline to submit entries for the 46th Annual Gracie Awards at the regular rate has been extended until January 21, 2021. AWMF is also offering a further extended deadline of January 28, 2021 at an additional cost.  The Gracie Awards, presented by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation, celebrate programming and individual achievement by, for and about women in television, radio and digital media. Submissions from all facets of media are encouraged.

Journalists have continued to work tirelessly on the front lines to provide coverage of the unprecedented events in the first two weeks of 2021. Due to the bravery of these storytellers and the timeliness of this important coverage, AWMF has added ten new categories specifically dedicated to January 2021 Frontline Special Reports for on-air talent and programming in television, radio and digital media. A full list of the new categories can be found here.

“We know the circumstances of the past year led to delivering content to audiences in ways we never expected, which is why we are more committed than ever to honoring the remarkable work that has been created by, for and about women,” says Becky Brooks, AWMF executive director. “As our biggest fundraiser of the year, the Gracie Awards enable the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation to deliver on its promise of furthering the connection, education and recognition of women in media, even during turbulent times.”

The Gracie Awards Gala, previously scheduled for May 2021, has been postponed to September 20, 2021, and the Gracie Awards Luncheon, previously scheduled for June 2021, has been postponed to July 21, 2021. The Gala will still be held at the Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills, A Four Seasons Hotel, and the Luncheon will still be held at Cipriani 42nd St in New York, N.Y.  AWMF extends their gratitude to Cipriani and the Beverly Wilshire for their incredible partnerships.

The 2021 Gracie Awards entry eligibility air dates for the traditional categories are from January 1, 2020, through December 31, 2020. New Categories are exclusive to January of 2021. Entry details, including pricing and updated categories, can be viewed at https://allwomeninmedia.org/gracies/call-for-entries/.

The application to judge content for The Gracie Awards is available until January 22, 2021. Learn more about Gracies judging and view the application at https://allwomeninmedia.org/gracies/judging/.

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

December, 2020

Uncategorized

The Year in Review

By Becky Brooks, AWM/F Executive Director

Wow – what a year! We are closing out twelve months at a time when most of us can use the phrase, “if someone had told me eight months ago we would…” fill in the blank. The silver lining? There are few times in history where a single event, or experience, has impacted nearly everyone in some way. There is some measure of comfort in that all of us are living with the same uncertainty…and hope.    

In past “Year in Review” reflections, I recall events that took place throughout the year — those moments, by the time we get to December, we forgot happened and the role media played in the storytelling. In the spirit of not “doing things just because we’ve always done them” – I won’t walk down 2020’s memory lane!

What should stay the same, however, is the importance of celebrating storytellers. 2020 was an opportunity for journalists to put into action what we’ve known is true and hadn’t seen to even these extremes – to share the must-tell stories however and from wherever they could – basements, front rooms of apartments, in the streets and everywhere in between. Our connection to media, in every form, was even more powerful in a year that brought a pandemic, social justice movement and a challenging presidential election.

And we have a heightened need to connect with others in person.

Speaking for myself, this lack of connection is real and it’s hard. We have two kids who are attending school virtually since March while my husband and I work from home. As I said at the beginning, if someone told us eight months ago our kids wouldn’t walk the halls of a school and we would work from home through the end of the year – oh, and pulling off events virtually for the first time ever – we would have had a good laugh over the absurdity! Yet we did it. We have enjoyed breathing for a minute when not at a soccer game that was cancelled or swim meet we watched online – and remembered to enjoy every minute of cross country and activities outside.

So, while we don’t want to ignore that things are hard – it’s taught us more in a short period of time than imaginable. We are courageous and tenacious albeit weary. One of my favorite stories of courage is that of the founders of AWM. We celebrate 70 years of AWM next year. Imagine the courage of those women signing an organization into existence in 1951! There were so few women in media roles at that time they formed a group to educate, connect and recognize others just like them.

As we look to turn the page into 2021, we invite you to join us in celebrating the courage of all women in media and supporting our journey. We will offer opportunities throughout the year to engage and recognize those who have inspired you. We need your financial support to keep doing the important work of creating programs, offering scholarships and recognizing the courageous storytellers. Please consider a donation to the Foundation, joining AWM, posting your jobs on our career center and entering for a Gracie. These are all ways to keep us active and thriving and we cannot do it without you.

I am so grateful for the amazing leadership of AWM and our partners who navigated and steered us through 2020 while looking forward to everything that is possible as we build on the lessons from this historic and unimaginable year!

Cheers to 2021!

Catherine Combs

October, 2020

Press Release

Alliance for Women in Media Foundation Announces 46th Gracie Awards Call for Entries Open

The Gracie Awards, presented by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF), has opened the call for entries for the 46th Annual Gracie Awards Gala and Gracie Awards Luncheon. AWMF is also pleased to announce Ziploc® Brand as the Diamond Sponsor of the 2021 Gracies.

“Each year, the Gracie Awards celebrate and honor truly exceptional content by, for and about women.  We know the circumstances of this year have made production much more difficult, which is why we are more committed than ever to honoring the remarkable work that has been created, especially with the important milestone of AWM’s 70th Anniversary coming up next year,” says Becky Brooks, AWMF executive director. “As our biggest fundraiser of the year, the Gracies enables the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation to deliver on its promise of furthering the connection, education and recognition of women in media, even during difficult times.”

Serving again as chairs for the 2021 Gracie Awards are Heather Cohen, executive vice president, The Weiss Agency and AWM/F Board member, Annie Howell, chief communications officer, Crown Media Family Networks and AWM/F Board member and Mike McVay, president, McVay Media Consulting. Vicangelo Bulluck, an Emmy Award-winning, seasoned veteran in awards production, has produced the Gracie Awards since 2016 and will return to produce the Gracie Awards in 2021.

The 2020 Gracie Awards were celebrated through an ongoing virtual experience. Highlights of the 2020 Virtual Gracies included honoring outstanding and powerful talent such as: Katy Perry as the Gracies Impact Award recipient; Danai Gurira of The Walking Dead; Gayle King of CBS News; Naomi Watts of The Loudest Voice; Juju Chang of ABC News’ Nightline; Angela Yee of Angela Yee’s Lip Service podcast; and, Natasha Lyonne, accepting on behalf of the producers of Russian Doll. Additionally, Dr. Sanjay Gupta delivered a Special Award Tribute to frontline journalists bringing COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter coverage to homes across the United States.  Malin Åkerman and many other presenters joined Susan Kelechi Watson, from This Is Us, as our host and Mickey Guyton as entertainment for the night. Footage from the virtual experiences can be found at https://allwomeninmedia.org/gracies/2020-gracie-awards-content/.

The 2021 Gracie Awards entry eligibility air dates are from January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. Early Bird rates for entries end on December 10, 2020, at 11:59 PM Eastern. The deadline for all entries is January 14, 2021, at 11:59 PM Eastern. Entry details including pricing, updated categories can be viewed at https://allwomeninmedia.org/gracies/call-for-entries/. 

With the generous of support of NCTA – The Internet & Television Association, the newly announced NCTA Gracies Scholarship will provide 10 scholarships to assist with the costs of Gracie entries. Learn more about the scholarship at https://allwomeninmedia.org/foundation/scholarships/.

To see more information about the Gracie Awards, visit https://allwomeninmedia.org/gracies/. The application to judge the Gracies will be available soon.

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

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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