(Adapted from a press release as published in The Hollywood Reporter.)
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (March 28) – Angelo Bavaro’17 and Michelle Chavez ’16 are student Gracie Award winners.
Chavez won for her “Behind Closed Doors” Capital News Service story in the hard news category. She won a Gracie last year as well.
Bavaro won in the “soft news” category for his CNS story, “The Business of Moving On.”
The Gracie Awards are given annually by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation.
Angelo writes, “In the span of 15 years, Teresa Dawkins lost three of her children and watched one get sent to prison for 22 years. After each loss – despite the grief and anger and confusion – she managed to pick herself up and soldier on. When I first met Teresa, she told me all she wanted was the chance to tell her story and the stories of her children. I am incredibly proud to have given Teresa that chance, and I am beyond grateful to have received a Gracie Award for this piece, which I dedicate entirely to her. The Gracies honor stories that celebrate and empower women. Yes, Teresa’s story is one of tragedy, but more than that, it’s one that embodies the resilient and enduring power of strong and tested women.”
The Business of Moving On has already been honored by the White House News Photographers Association as part of its 2017 “Eyes of History®” Student Competition.
Angelo, Michelle and other local and student award winners will be recognized at the Gracie Awards Luncheon on June 27 at Cipriani in New York City.
About the Gracie Awards
The annual Gracie Awards are given by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation primarily to celebrate “female luminaries by recognizing their outstanding achievements across new and traditional media platforms.” The 2017 gala supports the AWMF’s educational programs and scholarship campaigns that benefit women in media.
This year’s winners include America Ferrera, Drew Barrymore, Samantha Bee, Savannah Guthrie and Mariska Hargitay. They are among the women who will be honored at the 42nd annual Gracie Awards gala Tuesday, June 6 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Ca. The release says, “Among the topics that will be addressed at the gala are immigration, reproduction rights, race relations and women in the workforce.”
(The Gracies have two components – Gala award winners, and separate local and student awards.)