TEGNA Stations WXIA, KHOU and WUSA Win Alliance for Women in Media Foundation Gracie Awards
McLEAN, VA – TEGNA Inc. (NYSE: TGNA) today announced that its stations have received four Gracie Awards, presented by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation. The Gracie Awards honor outstanding programming by, for and about women and individual achievement in television, radio and interactive media.
TEGNA’s Gracie Award-winning stations, projects and people include:
Gracie Awards for Best Documentary and for Individual Achievement: “Selling Girls,” a digital-first, 6-part series investigating sex trafficking of underage girls in the U.S., was produced by a team of investigative journalists based in Atlanta and Houston with assistance from the TEGNA Design Tank based in Denver at KUSA. The series ran on TEGNA stations’ websites and on-air, giving each station the chance to offer local coverage on the topic, highlighting the crisis in their own community. Separately, WXIA executive producer Erin Gutierrez was also recognized for individual achievement as producer of multiple series and breaking news for “Atticus Investigates.”
Gracie Award for Hard News Feature/Local News: “Raped in the Military,” focusing on three courageous women veterans who shared their experiences of sexual assault while serving in the military. Station manager Michael Valentine worked with WUSA reporter Andrea McCarren and photojournalist and editor John Mogor on this interview-driven story, which inspired other victims to come forward to share their own harrowing experiences.
Gracie Award for Soft News Feature/Local News: WUSA was also recognized for the series “Impact,” a project that exposed the hidden problem of food insecurity in an affluent suburb outside of Washington, DC. WUSA helped address the need by working with the United Way of the National Capital Area and the community to provide students with food for their weekends at home. WUSA anchor/host Lesli Foster, station manager Michael Valentine, executive producers Sarah Gahagan and Ryan Wood, promotions manager Greg Cohen and researcher Eliana Block were honored with the award.
“TEGNA’s local news teams deliver important journalism every day, tackling issues that matter in their communities and in our society,” said Lynn Beall, executive vice president and COO, media operations, TEGNA. “I’m proud of all our Gracie Award winners for their achievements and for the impact their work has had.”
The Gracie Awards will be awarded by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation at a luncheon on June 27 in New York. For more information about the Gracie Awards and about the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation, click here.
TEGNA Inc. (NYSE: TGNA) is an innovative media company that serves the greater good of our communities. With 47 television stations and two radio stations in 39 markets, TEGNA delivers relevant content and information to consumers across platforms. It is the largest owner of top 4 affiliates in the top 25 markets, reaching approximately one-third of all television households nationwide. Each month, TEGNA reaches 50 million adults on-air and approximately 35 million across its digital platforms. TEGNA has been consistently honored with the industry’s top awards, including Edward R. Murrow, George Polk, Alfred I. DuPont and Emmy Awards. TEGNA delivers results for advertisers through unparalleled and innovative solutions including OTT local advertising network Premion, centralized marketing resource Hatch, and G/O Digital, a one-stop shop for local businesses to connect with consumers through digital marketing. Across platforms, TEGNA tells empowering stories, conducts impactful investigations and delivers innovative marketing solutions. For more information, visit www.TEGNA.com.
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