America Ferrera, Drew Barrymore, Samantha Bee Among Honorees at 2017 Gracie Awards (Exclusive)

5:00 AM 3/28/2017

by Kimberly Nordyke

Savannah Guthrie and Mariska Hargitay also are among the women who will be honored at the June 6 gala.

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America Ferrera, Drew Barrymore, Samantha Bee, Savannah Guthrie and Mariska Hargitay are among the women who will be honored at the 42nd annual Gracie Awards.

Each year, the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation "celebrates female luminaries by recognizing their outstanding achievements across new and traditional media platforms." The 2017 gala — which supports the AWMF's educational programs and scholarship campaigns that benefit women in media — is set for Tuesday, June 6 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. Among the topics that will be addressed at the gala are immigration, reproduction rights, race relations and women in the workforce.

Meanwhile, local and student award winners will be recognized later in the month at the Gracie Awards Luncheon on June 27 at Cipriani in New York.

"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 chief product officer of advertising management systems at Imagine Communications, said in making the announcement. "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."

Vicangelo Bulluck will once again serve as executive producer of the Gracies, which will "spotlight prolific women in the industry who continue to lay the groundwork, break down barriers and lead by example in creating equal opportunity for future generations."

A complete list of honorees follows.

  • Television — Gala Honorees

    Hidden Figures: Women of NASA
    Soft News Feature
    NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt

    Alia Shawkat (Search Party)
    Actress in a Breakthrough Role

    All The Way Back: The Story of Emily Fogle
    Sports Feature
    CBS Sports Network

    America Ferrera (Superstore)
    Actress in a Leading Role - Comedy or Musical
    Universal Television

    GRAND AWARD: Between Breaths: A Story of Anxiety, Addiction, Hope (ABC News 20/20)
    Interview Feature
    ABC News

    Black Girls Rock!
    Special or Variety
    BET Networks

    Brock Turner Case
    News Series
    CBS News

    Call the Midwife
    Ensemble Cast
    Neal Street Production for BBC and PBS

    Chessy Prout, the St. Paul’s Accuser (Savannah Guthrie)
    Interview Feature
    NBC's TODAY Show

    Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
    CBS Television Studios

    Denise Contis (Naked and Afraid XL)
    Producer - Reality
    Discovery Channel

    Donna Lynne Champlin (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend)
    Actress in a Supporting Role - Comedy or Musical
    CBS Television Studios

    Drew Barrymore (Odd Mom Out)
    Actress in a Featured or Guest Role
    Bravo Media

    Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life
    Limited Series
    Warner Bros. Television

    GRAND AWARD: Hairspray Live!
    Musical and Ensemble Cast
    Universal Television

    He Named Me Malala
    National Geographic Channel

    Isobel Yeung (Afghan Woman's Rights)
    VICE on HBO

    Lisa Quijano Wolfinger - Mercy Street
    Producer - Entertainment
    Lone Wolf Media and Scott Free for PBS

    Lori McCreary (The Story of God with Morgan Freeman)
    Producer - Non-Fiction
    National Geographic Channel

    Lynn Whitfield (Greenleaf)
    Actress in a Supporting Role - Drama
    OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

    Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: SVU)
    Actress in a Leading Role - Drama
    Wolf Entertainment and Universal Television

    Nelufar Hedayat
    Fusion TV

    GRAND AWARD: Nick News with Linda Ellerbee
    Family Series
    Nickelodeon in association with Lucky Duck Productions

    Olivia Colman (The Night Manager)
    Actress in a Supporting Role - Made for TV Movie or Limited Series
    AMC Networks

    Outside the Lines: Baylor Rape Crisis
    Investigative Feature

    Renee Cullen

    Riley Keough (The Girlfriend Experience)
    Actress in a Leading Role - Made for TV Movie or Limited Series
    Starz Entertainment

    Robin Roberts (Game Changers with Robin Roberts)
    On-Air Talent - News or News Magazine
    ABC News and Rock'n Robin Productions

    Samantha Bee (Full Frontal with Samantha Bee)
    On-Air Talent - Entertainment or Sports

    Stephanie Busari
    Producer - News

    Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel'le
    Made for TV Movie

    The Killing Machine (60 Minutes)
    Hard News Feature
    CBS News

    The Powerpuff Girls
    Family Series
    Cartoon Network

    The View
    Talk Show - Entertainment
    ABC Television Network

    The Women of Silicon Valley
    Interview Series
    NBC's TODAY Show

    This Is Life With Lisa Ling
    Non-Fiction or Reality

    This Is Us
    20th Century Fox Television

    Talk Show - News
    NBC's Today Show

  • Radio — Gala Honorees

    A Date with the First Lady (Cafe Mocha Radio)
    Miles Ahead Broadcasting

    Adell Coleman (SiriusXM Urban View)
    SiriusXM Radio

    Amanda Lindhout - A Gut-Wrenching Call Home (The Current)
    Interview Feature - Non-Commercial Syndicated
    CBC Radio One

    Cheree Carter
    Cumulus Media

    Cheree Carter
    Cumulus Media

    Europe Wakes Up To Prospect of Female Terrorists (Eleanor Beardsley)
    News Feature - Non-Commercial Syndicated
    National Public Radio

    GMA After Hours
    Talk Show
    ABC Radio

    Hanna Rosin (Invisibilia)
    Reporter/Correspondent - Non-Commercial Syndicated
    National Public Radio

    Kelly Ford (Ty, Kelly and Chuck)
    Cumulus Media

    McVay Minute and J:30
    Public Service Announcement
    Dawson McAllister Association

    Meara Sharma (Kidnapped)
    Producer - Non-Commercial Syndicated
    On the Media, WNYC Studios

    Sandyland: On the M Train
    Interview Feature
    SiriusXM Radio

    Stretched: A Working Parents' Juggling Act (All Things Considered)
    Public Affairs - Non-Commercial Syndicated
    NPR News

    The Cost Of Crossing (Jasmine Garsd)
    Investigative Feature - Non-Commercial Syndicated
    National Public Radio

    Two Little Bombs (Leila Fadel)
    News Feature

    Zika - Mothers in Brazil
    Crisis Coverage - Non-Commercial Syndicated
    National Public Radio

  • Interactive Media — Gala Honorees

    GRAND AWARD: #MoreThanMean - Women in Sports 'Face' Harassment
    Original Online Programming - Standalone Video
    Just Not Sports & One Tree Forest Films, Sarah Spain & Julie DiCaro

    Bianna Golodryga
    Online Video Host or Correspondent
    Yahoo News

    Breasts Unbound
    Original Online Programming - Standalone Audio
    Audible, LLC.

    Website - Information or Entertainment
    VICE Media
    Website - News

    Ingrid Formanek
    Online Producer - News
    CNN International

    Digital Newsletter

    Madaya Mom
    ABC News

    Michelle Nash (Webucation)
    Online Producer - Information or Entertainment

    Nora McInerny (Terrible, Thanks for Asking)
    Podcast Host
    American Public Media

    Startup Season 4: Dov Charney's American Dream
    Gimlet Media

    The Racial Politics of Abortion
    Original Online Programming - News or Documentary
    ESSENCE Magazine

    UPLift Someone: Give UP a Gift
    Original Online Programming - Video Series
    UP TV

  • Television — Luncheon Honorees

    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
    KNTV NBC Bay Area

  • Radio — Luncheon Honorees

    A League of Our Own - How Social Media Affects Women (Juliana Spano)
    Talk Show - Student
    Radio Hofstra University

    A League of Our Own - Women In Prison Project (Juliana Spano)
    Public Affairs - Student
    Radio Hofstra University

    Anita Rao (The State of Things)
    Producer - Non-Commercial Local

    Anne Hallward MD (Still Here: Caregiving and Dementia)
    Host/Anchor - Non-Commercial Local
    Safe Space Radio

    As It Happens - Rumana Monzur Interview
    Interview Feature - Non-Commercial Local
    CBC Radio One

    Boyfriends Killing Boys (Megan Cloherty)
    Hard News Feature - Local
    WTOP Radio

    Decision 2016 (Kelly Green, Alyssa Compa, & Geneva Gerwitz)
    News Feature - Student
    Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM

    Erin O'Malley (WBMX Boston Middays)
    Host/Anchor - Local
    CBS Radio

    Homeless and Alone, She Struggles Toward Graduation (Laura Yuen)
    News Feature - Non-Commercial Local
    Minnesota Public Radio|American Public Media

    Jillian Kempton (WLTW 106.7 Lite FM)
    Imaging - Local

    Juliana Spano
    Producer - Student
    Radio Hofstra University

    Karen Foshay (KCRW Investigates: Burned)
    Reporter/Correspondent - Non-Commercial Local

    Ladies, Let's Talk
    Talk Show - Non-Commercial Local
    Vermont Public Radio

    Laurel Lee (Pulse Roundtable Broadcast)
    Producer - Local
    Cox Media Group

    New York Primary Day - Election Central with Rita Cosby
    Interview Feature - Local
    WABC Radio/Cumulus Media

    Orlando Pulse Tragedy Roundtable
    Crisis Coverage - Local
    Cox Media Group

    Pavlina Osta (Toni Tennille - Surviving Muskrat Love)
    Host/Personality - Student
    The Pavlina Show

    Seven Schools Later: One Student's View of Segregation (WNYC's Radio Rookies)
    Documentary - Non-Commercial Local
    WNYC Radio

    Shelli Sonstein (The Jim Kerr Rock 'n Roll Morning Show - Q104.3)
    Co-host - Local

    Sonstein Sunday (Q104.3)
    Public Affairs - Local

    Stonewall Inn Vigil for Orlando (Kacie Candela)
    Crisis Coverage - Student

    Strike A Chord:Veterans Returning Home (Blaine Kaniewski)
    Interview Feature - Student

    Taking the Lead (Note to Self)
    Special - Non-Commercial Local
    WNYC Studios

    The New 93Q Cares For Kids Radiothon
    Public Service Announcement - Local
    Cox Media Group

    Then You Stand (Exceptional Women - MAGIC 106.7)
    Soft News Feature - Local
    Beasley Media Group

  • Interactive Media — Luncheon Honorees

    Concepts with Kacie: Bubbles
    Online Video Host or Correspondent - Student

    Rebecca Lewis - Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
    Podcast - Student

    Stealing Intimacy
    Online Producer - Student
    GlobalGirl Media UK

    Tech Talk: Your Career, Your Choice
    Original Online Programming - Student
    Passaic County Technical Institute, PCTI

    Victoria's Amazing World
    Website - Student
    Victoria Bonavita