Gracie Awards Go to Tegna Stations in DC and Cleveland

By Kevin Eck 

Four of the 11 Gracie Awards for local TV stations went to two Tegna stations.

The Gracie Awards from the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation shine a spotlight on women in media and recognize individuals who have made inspirational contributions to the industry.

The awards recognized Grace Chimel from Washington, D.C. CBS affiliate WUSA, who won for Director (TV – Local) of the station’s 11 p.m. news. Multi-platform video producer Jasmine (JC) Whittington won the Soft News Feature (TV – Local) award for her profile of 92-year-old activist Daisy Fields. The WUSA 11 p.m. newscast won the Frontline – Special Report (TV – Local) for the station’s special coverage of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’ Inauguration Day on January 20, 2021.


At Cleveland NBC affiliate WKYC, supervising producer Jessica Millerwon the Producer – Scripted / Edited / Live (TV – Local) award for “A Turning Point: The Healing Power of Poetry.”

Honorable mention went to WUSA weeknight anchor Lesli Foster in the On-Air Talent category.

“We are very proud of the work our journalists do to shine a light on important news and issues in their local communities,” said Lynn Beall, evp and COO of media operations at Tegna. “We congratulate all of the Gracie Award winners who are making positive changes and creating new opportunities for women in media.”

Click here to see all the winners.