Student journalists at WRHU 88.7 FM Radio Hofstra University have won four national Gracie Awards for outstanding programming by, for, or about women.
The prestigious honor, given annually by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation, recognizes work in television, radio, and online media on the national, local, public, and student level.
WRHU received Gracie Awards in four student radio categories:
Crisis Coverage: “Winter Storm Juno,” Newsline
Alyssa Duspiva, Joe Corbisiero, Tiffany Vellis, Joy Jones, Justine Re, Jazmine Gonzales
Hard News Feature: “Bully Beware, There’s An App For That!” by Justine Re, Newsline
Sports Program: Play-by-Play Hofstra Softball vs. JMU by Tiffany Vellis, Hofstra Pride Softball vs. James Madison University live game broadcast
Public Affairs: “Plight of the Female Chef” by Gary Duff, New American Kitchen
The awards will be presented at a luncheon on Tuesday, June 21 in New York City. The Alliance for Women in Media is a nonprofit professional organization working to advance the impact of women in the media industry.
Located in the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, WRHU is the nation’s best college radio station for two years running, according to the Princeton Review. The student-run station was named Non-Commercial Radio Station of the Year by the National Association of Broadcasters in the prestigious Marconi Awards competition in September 2014, and Four-Year Radio Station of the Year in the 2015 College Media Association Pinnacle Awards, which honor the nation’s best collegiate media organizations and student work.
WRHU has also been the flagship station for the National Hockey League’s New York Islanders team since 2010, the only college radio station in the country to have such an agreement with a professional sports franchise.