Gracie Allen Award Winners Announced

By Alissa Krinsky 

The American Women in Radio and Television has announced its national 2009 Gracie Allen Award winners. The honors “recognize exemplary programming created for women, by women, and about women,” according to a press release.

CBS and CNN led the pack with four wins each. Here’s a breakdown:

• At CBS News, Katie Couric was named Outstanding Anchor. Awards also go to the network for Outstanding Magazine (Polygamy: A World Apart), Outstanding Interview Program (President Musharraf), and Outstanding Series (China’s Devastating Quake).

• CNN’s Candy Crowley was honored for Outstanding Feature-Hard News Program (Hillary Clinton’s Bid for the White House). CNN also got nods for Outstanding Special (CNN Heroes 2008), Outstanding Investigative Program (America’s Dirty Little Secret), and Outstanding Documentary-Mid-Length Format (CNN Presents: Sarah Palin Revealed).

• NBC netted three nods, including one for Alex Wallace, for Individual Outstanding Achievement-Outstanding Producer. The network was also cited for Outstanding Documentary-Short Format (Child Soldiers, D.R. Congo) and Outstanding Feature-Hard News Program (Section 60).

• CNBC received two Gracies. Its I Am American Business promos were named Outstanding Commercial-Campaign, and Suze Orman won an Individual Achievement Award for Outstanding Host-Information or Entertainment.

• ABC earned one nod, for Brian Ross Investigates: Raped in Iraq as Outstanding Investigative Program. Also, ABC’s Barbara Walters won an Individual Achievement Award as Outstanding Host-Information or Entertainment for her Sirius/XM Radio program.

• MSNBC won one Gracie: Rachel Maddow will receive an Individual Achievement Award for Outstanding Host-News Program.

• PBS got one award, for NOW on PBS‘s Maria Hinojosa as Outstanding Reporter/Correspondent.

The awards will be formally bestowed at a black-tie Manhattan gala on June 3.