2016 Gracies Honor Women’s Contributions to Media

Alliance for Women in the Media held gala in Beverly Hills
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Elaina Smith

Elaina D. Smith of Cumulus Media’s ”Nash Nights Live”

The Alliance for Women in the Media held its Gracie Awards gala May 24, honoring women working in television, radio and interactive media, announced in March. Marika Domińczyk emceed the 41st annual event at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Lynda Carter — most famous for her role as Wonder Woman — was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement award. Others honored included Allison Janney, Mindy Kaling and Kathie Lee Gifford.

Winners in the Radio category include shows and people from NPR, WNYC Radio, CBS Radio, Cumulus Media, American Public Media, ABC News, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Buzzfeed, Greater Media Charlotte, ESPN Radio, Dawson McAllister Association. Some of those recognized include:

Cumulus Media’s Elaina D. Smith, “Nash Nights Live,” won in the Special category.

“espnW Presents: Spain and Prim” won in the Sports Program category.

Lizzie O'Leary, host of American Public Media’s “Marketplace Weekend,” won in the category of Host — News/Non-Fiction. “Marketplace”’s Krissy Clark also was recognized in the Reporter/Correspondent and Investigative Program or Feature categories.

Greater Media Charlotte’s Sheri Lynch of “Sheri Feels the Family Drama” won for Morning/Afternoon/Weekend Drive Personality.

Buzzfeed’s “Women of the Hour” podcast, hosted by Lena Dunham, was recognized as a Grand Winner.

NPR’s “#15Girls” series was a winner in both the Public Affairs and Hard News Feature categories.

Amy Lawrence, host of CBS Sports Radio’s “After Hours with Amy Lawrence,” was recognized as the winner for Sports Host.

Executive Producer Sharon Madison of SiriusXM Satellite Radio won for the Producer category.

Cheri Preston of ABC News won for Anchor — News or News Magazine.

Grammy Award-nominee Andra Day provided the night’s entertainment, singing “Rise Up.”


Visser to Host Gracies

American Women in Radio and Television will honor the contributions and achievements of women in electronic media at the Annual Gracie Awards Gala in New York on June 18.