ABC’s Virtual Town Hall With Pope Francis Wins Top Award

By Chris Ariens 

The Catholic Academy of Communication Professionals has awarded its Gabriel Award for News and Information to ABC News and its virtual town hall with Pope Francis, ahead of the Pontiff’s trip to the U.S. last year.

The special, hosted by David Muir at the Vatican, included audiences in several U.S. cities. Muir moderated the discussion which included students at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago, congregants from a McAllen, Texas, church near the U.S.-Mexico border and a group of homeless men and women in Los Angeles, and those working with them.

Writes ABC News president James Goldston: “An outstanding team of people from all across the news division joined forces to make this program not only compelling, but seamless—from the herculean booking effort in four cities, to the great care given to the most vulnerable speakers to David’s flawless moderating from the Vatican, in Spanish, no less.”

The award will be presented in St. Louis on June 2.