Gracie Awards Recognize Women in Local TV for Work On and Off Air

By Kevin Eck Comment

The Gracie Awards are given out each year by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation to “focus on women who are making positive change and who further the discussion of what a fulfilling career in media looks like.”

This year, the award recognized women in national and local media. On the national stage, the Alliance recognized Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts and the Today Show’s Savannah Guthrie, among others.

In local television, the alliance highlighted female reporters like Vicky Nguyen from KNTV in San Jose and women who work off-air like Kaitlyn Anderson, a news producer at WGME in Portland, Maine.

“If we learned one thing this year, it is that the strength, courage and contributions of women are crucial and necessary components in moving the world forward,” said Sarah Foss, AWMF chair and ‚Äéchief product officer, Advertising Management Systems, Imagine Communications. “As we look to honor women in media, we take pause and recognize the millions of women who are not able to use their voice and creativity to share their message with the world. We hear you. We are you. And we stand beside you. We look forward to another great year and congratulations to the 2017 Gracie Award honorees.”

Here is a list of the local winners:
Documentary – Local

Behind Closed Doors
Hard News Feature – Student
University of Maryland, College Park
Breast Cancer 2 Bikini
Community/Regional Programming – Local
KTVN Channel 2 News (Sarkes Tarzian – CBS Affiliate)

Food Truck Fighting Hunger
Soft News Feature – Local

Kaitlyn Anderson (CBS 13 News Live at Five)
Producer – Live – Local

Katiuska Guzman (The Roundabout)
On-Air Talent – Student
William Paterson University of New Jersey

Kim Nordt-Jackson (Cosmos – An HD Odyssey)
Producer – Edited – Local

Kristin Dickerson (Miss Lori)
Director – Local
KTUL Tulsa’s Channel 8

Lumberjill (Kylee Knoles, John Dempsey)
Sports Feature – Local
News 12 Connecticut

Talk Show – Local
Gray Television, Inc.

Murugi Thande
Director – Student
Women of WUSA9

Murugi Thande
Producer – Student
Women of WUSA9

Rape Cases in Utah Courts
Hard News Feature – Local
ABC 4 Utah

The Business of Moving On (Angelo Bavaro)
Soft News Feature – Student
Maryland Capital News Service

Toxic Safety
Investigative Feature – Local

Unspoken: Heroin Addiction in the Muslim Community
Documentary – Student
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Vicky Nguyen
On-Air Talent – Local