In an already incredible and historic year for women, the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) celebrates female luminaries by recognizing their outstanding achievements across new and traditional media platforms. The annual Gracie Awards support AWMF’s educational programs and scholarship campaigns that benefit women in media. The Gracie Awards Gala will take place on Tuesday, June 6 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California and the Gracie Awards Luncheon will take place on Tuesday, June 27 at Cipriani on 42nd Street in New York, New York. These events will recognize such esteemed honorees as Kelly Ford of America’s Morning Show with Ty, Kelly & Chuck from Westwood One/Cumulus; Sandra Bernhard of Sandyland on SiriusXM; Shelli Sontein of iHeartMedia; Cheree Carter of The Zazza and Cheree Show on Cumulus/Westwood One; and Rita Cosby of WABC Radio/Cumulus Media, along with some of the most talented women behind the microphone touching on issues spanning from immigration to reproduction rights, race relations to women in the workforce. Outstanding programming from groups including Café Mocha, Beasley Media Group, Cox Media Group, GMA After Hours, Hubbard Radio, CBS Radio and NPR will also be honored. 

Sarah Foss, AWMF Chair and ‎Chief Product Officer, Advertising Management Systems, Imagine Communications, said in making the announcement, “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. 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.”

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


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