Ann Curry, Tyra Banks, Peggy Noonan Receive 2012 Matrix Awards

Eight influential women were honored this afternoon at the New York Women in Communications 2012 Matrix Awards. The event was held at the Waldorf-Astoria and emceed by NY1 anchor Pat Kiernan.

Katie Couric, who presented a Matrix Award to Tyra Banks, walked the red carpet before the ceremony with a stool so the pair could (sort of) stand shoulder-to-shoulder (pictured). “I feel like I’m standing next to Shaquille O’Neal!” Couric quipped.

Couric’s ABC news colleagues  Josh Elliott, “20/20” EP David Sloan and SVP of communications Jeffrey Schneider attended to honor Walt Disney EVP and chief communications officer Zenia Mucha. Mucha was presented by Barbara Walters.

In her speech, Walters said Mucha, a first-generation immigrant who lived in Poland until she was 9, “might just have the toughest job of anyone I know.”

“Even Mickey Mouse doesn’t make a move without checking with Zenia,” Walters said.

At the NBC table, president Steve Capus, “Today” show EP Jim Bell, Al Roker and Hoda Kotb turned out to support Ann Curry, who was presented by her “Today” show predecessor Meredith Vieira.

In her speech, Curry thanked her female colleagues in television — “Barbara, Jane, Connie, Lesley, Diane.” She also thanked her NBC bosses, joking that she wasn’t doing it to suck up, “even though recent ratings events might dictate that I should.” ABC’s “Good Morning America” broke the “Today” show’s 16-year win streak last week.

Other winners this year included Gayle Butler, presented by Rocco DiSpirito; Glenn Close, presented by NYPD deputy chief Theresa Shortell; Maria Cuomo Cole, presented by Senator Kristen Gillbrand; Laura Desmond, presented by Susan Werner; and Peggy Noonan, presented by Lesley Stahl.

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