Juliana Spano, senior rhetorical studies major with a concentration in political communication, won three national Gracie Awards for excellence in news programming for her work as a reporter and producer on campus radio station WRHU 88.7 FM.
The prestigious honor, given annually by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation, recognizes work by, for, or about women in television, radio, and online media on the national, local, and student level.
Spano, the producer and host of WRHU’s “A League of Our Own,” a show about women’s issues, won in three student categories in radio programming against peers from schools across the nation:
- Best Student Producer
- Talk Show for “A League of Our Own – How Social Media Affects Women”
- Public Affairs for “A League of Our Own – Women in Prison Project”
“It is an amazing honor for me to win these Gracie Awards and have my name among such inspirational women,” said Spano, of Smithtown, NY. “I have a huge passion for women’s rights and issues important to women, so it means a lot to have my work recognized by an organization dedicated to women in media.”
In addition to her work on “A League of Our Own,” Spano has covered some of nation’s biggest news stories during her time at WRHU, including the inauguration of Donald Trump in Washington, D.C., the first presidential debate between Trump and Hillary Clinton at Hofstra University in September 2016, and the Democratic national convention in Philadelphia last summer.
The Alliance for Women in Media is a nonprofit professional organization working to advance the impact of women in the media industry. This year marks the organization’s 42nd anniversary of the Gracie Awards. Spano and other student and local honorees will receive their awards at a luncheon on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at Cipriani in New York City.
WRHU is Hofstra’s award-winning student-run radio station, with studios in the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication. It was named non-commercial radio station of the year by the National Association of Broadcasters in the prestigious Marconi Awards competition in 2014, and was ranked the best college radio station in the nation by the Princeton Review for 2015 and 2016. WRHU’s student reporters have won honors from the New York State Associated Press Association, the Press Club of Long Island, the Society of Professional Journalists, and New York Women in Communications, among others.
WRHU has also been the flagship station of the NHL’s New York Islanders since 2010, and is the first and only college radio station to have an exclusive broadcasting agreement with a professional major-league sports team. In 2016, WRHU was named the flagship station of the Brooklyn Nets’ new NBA Development League affiliate, the Long Island Nets, producing and broadcasting its home games at Barclays Center.