Becky Brooks

September, 2021

Press Release

ALLIANCE FOR WOMEN IN MEDIA FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES HOST, PERFORMERS, NEW DATE AND FORMAT FOR THE 46TH ANNUAL GRACIE AWARDS

ALLIANCE FOR WOMEN IN MEDIA FOUNDATION announces host, performers, new date and format for the 46th annual Gracie Awards

Lauren Ash to Host the Virtual Awards on Tuesday, October 5
Featuring Special Performances by Jewel and CeCe Winans
Honorees include Taylor Swift, Robin Roberts, Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, Kelly Clarkson & More

LOS ANGELES, CA (September 16, 2021) – The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWM) announced the 46th Annual Gracie Awards program will now take place virtually on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at 7:00 PM ET/PT. Hosted by actress and comedian Lauren Ash, the annual gala will feature performances by GRAMMY-nominated singer-songwriter Jewel and GRAMMY award-winning American Gospel Singer CeCe Winans, honoring this year’s award winner’s whose work continues to influence and further the achievements of all women in media.

This year’s awards coincide with AWM’s 70th anniversary, which includes the launch of a VOICES OF COURAGE digital tapestry, a commemorative logo and a social media campaign using #VoicesOfCourage and #70YearsOfCourage. Since its inception in 1951, AWM, originally known as American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT), has been committed to inspiring, educating, celebrating accomplishments and expanding networks of women across all segments of media.

“Lauren’s comedic spirit and incredibly talented performers will create a Gracies to remember… and worthy of our 70th anniversary celebration,” said Becky Brooks, President, Alliance for Women in Media Foundation. “We will inspire and entertain our friends, fans, and followers with this year’s virtual event, and look forward to raising a glass together, in person next year to celebrate the accomplishments of women in media.”

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 opportunities for future generations.

Tune-in on Tuesday, October 5 at 7:00 ET/PT at @AllWomenInMedia on Facebook.

Sponsors of the Gracie Awards include Crown Media, Ziploc ®, CNN, Apple Music, FOX Sports, Premiere Networks, Katz Media Group, NCTA – The Internet & Television Association, Meruelo Media, Beasley Media Group, Marketplace and TEGNA.

Catherine Combs

July, 2021

Press Release

The Alliance for Women in Media Celebrates Monumental 70th Anniversary

The celebration includes a VOICES OF COURAGE tapestry, a commemorative logo and a social media campaign, using #VoicesOfCourage and #70YearsOfCourage

New York City/Los Angeles (July 15, 2021) – The Alliance for Women in Media (AWM) announces a celebration of the organization’s 70th anniversary, which includes the launch of a VOICES OF COURAGE digital tapestry, a commemorative logo and a social media campaign, using #VoicesOfCourage and #70YearsOfCourage. Since its inception in 1951, AWM, originally known as American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT), has been committed to inspiring, educating, celebrating accomplishments and expanding networks of women across all segments of media.

AWM is the aggregation of all women’s voices in media, and the leaders of the organization know that every voice is not only different, but rich in its individual context. In order to share these narratives in an even more personal and meaningful way, AWM has developed a new website, which has been titled, “Voices.” AWM’s leadership encourages media professionals to join the celebration by contributing to the tapestry. To view the VOICES OF COURAGE tapestry and add the individual who inspires you, visit celebrateawm.org.

“The Alliance for Women in Media was founded by courageous women 70 years ago and has been led by courageous women (and men) ever since. It is fitting that we are celebrating 70 years of courage in tandem with recognizing the unparalleled determination and bravery shown by frontline journalists over the last year through the 46th Annual Gracie Awards,” said Becky Brooks, President, AWM/F. “This marks an important year in our organization’s history, and we are committed to supporting and advancing women in media for another 70 years.”

In 1960, the Alliance for Women in Media formed an educational foundation – the first of its kind established by any professional broadcasting organization, and in 1975, the Foundation began an annual awards program, recognizing outstanding content created by, for and about women. In 1997 those awards became The Gracies, named after Gracie Allen, a media pioneer who embodied the character of the awards. Learn more about The Gracie Awards at https://allwomeninmedia.org/gracies/.

Sponsors of the 70th Anniversary Celebration include WWE, Crown Media Family Networks, CNN, Ford Motor Company Fund, Katz Media Group, NCTA – The Internet and Television Association and Ziploc®.

If you are interested in supporting the next 70 years of AWM or sponsoring a square on the tapestry, visit https://allwomeninmedia.org/foundation/make-a-donation/.

To learn more about AWM, visit https://allwomeninmedia.org/about/.

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.

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Thank you to the generous sponsors of the 70th Anniversary Celebration.

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

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

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

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

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

November, 2019

Press Release

Alliance for Women in Media Honors Six Female Leaders at Gracies Leadership Awards

The Alliance for Women in Media (AWM) hosted the annual Gracies Leadership Awards luncheon on Thursday, November 21 to a capacity crowd at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.  Keynote speaker Elizabeth Smart eloquently gave an awe-inspiring address, sharing her captivating story of overcoming the trauma of her 9-month abduction, at the age of fourteen.  Smart shared with the audience, “I don’t think that you are made by what happens to you.  I think you are made by the choices you make after things happen to you.”  She ended the speech, saying, “As I move forward with my life, I am dedicated to preventing what happened to me from happening to anyone else and continuing to empower women, and girls of all ages, as much as I can.”    

Six female leaders in media were honored at the event, along with the Inaugural AWM Legacy Leadership recipient, Chickie Bucco.  Highlights from their speeches include:

  • Mary Berner, President and Chief Executive Officer, Cumulus Media, shared how she watched more and more females rise to the top in the magazine industry but said there is still work to be done in radio.  Berner shared a quote by Maya Angelou, saying, “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”  She continued by saying, “At Cumulus, we know better, and we are working hard to do better.”
  • Weezie Kramer, Chief Operating Officer, Entercom Communications, thanked those who have helped her along the way, and said, “Looking back on moments in my career, the times that I was able to help others find their super powers or help them achieve their ambitions, whatever that ambition may be, those are the moments that give me the greatest joy.”
  • Rosemary Mercedes, Chief Communications Officer, Univision Communications Inc., thanked her mother for teaching her how to be strong, and proudly said, “It’s so easy to get caught up on headlines of the day – the ‘Me Toos’ and the statistics, which are not as great as they should be.  But, when you expand your view and think about the century and where we were in 1901 to where we are today, it is such a wonderful time to be a woman.  I know there’s work to be done, but it’s a great time to be a woman today.”
  • Michelle Rice, General Manager, TV One, shared that as a child, she had big dreams.  Rice continued her acceptance speech, saying, “So many times I have been the first – the first woman, the first person of color, the first woman of color.  Maybe you have been the first.  Be fearless.  Your fearlessness will ensure that you will certainly not be the last.”
  • Michelle Vicary, EVP, Programming and Network Publicity, Crown Media Family Networks, beamed as she told the crowd how much she loves the work she does.  Vicary said, “In the last few years, our industry has undergone a seismic shift.  Women are more empowered than ever before, and this is in large part because other women stepped up and paved the way.  I have personally had so many female mentors that have helped me along the way.”
  • Danyelle Wright, VP, Employment & Labor Law and Chief Diversity Officer, The E.W. Scripps Company,began her speech recalling her mother telling her from a young age that she should become a lawyer.  She shared, “One particular word comes to mind when I think of why I do what I do – calling.  My calling is to help people, to carry other people’s burdens, to stand in the gap, resolve problems, take the hits, and make things just a little better, even when it’s tough on me.  That’s why I do what I do.”
  • Chickie Bucco, upon accepting the Inaugural AWM Legacy Leadership Award, thanked her family, and said, “When I started, it was really the Mad Men days.”  She continued, saying, “The people that I worked with and the people that I worked for were wonderful to me.”

“This is a really important event because what it does is really our three pillars – it’s recognition, it’s education and it’s connection,” said Becky Brooks, executive director of AWM.  She continued, “What a gift we have that our education is Elizabeth Smart as a keynote speaker.”

Photos from the event can be found at graciesawards.photos.

Sponsors of the event were Ford Motor Company, CBS Corporation, Benztown, Cox Media Group, Crown Media Family Networks, Cumulus Media, Discovery, Entercom Communications, Katz Media Group, NCTA – The Internet & Television Association, Nielsen, TV One, Univision Communications Inc. and vCreative.

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.