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Four Students Win National Gracie Awards

Four students have won national Gracie Awards for excellence in news programming for their work on campus radio station WRHU 88.7 FM, part of the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication.

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.

The 2019 honorees, who competed in student categories against peers from across the nation, are:

  • Jordan Laird ’19, a producer and anchor on WRHU’s “Newsline” program, who won for her news feature, “Women March in New York City.” She majors in journalism and political science.
  • Jennifer Goldstein ’20, a journalism major and WRHU news director, who won for her work as a producer on shows “A League of Our Own,” “Newsline,” and “Morning Wake-Up Call.”    
  • Emily Sauchelli ’19 and Emma Butz ’20, who won for their public affairs report on maternal health and pregnancy on “A League of Our Own.”  Sauchelli, a producer on the show, majors in journalism with minors in fine arts and integrated media, and previously won a Gracie in 2018.   Butz is a geography major, and won a second Gracie for her interview feature with indie filmmaker and 2012 alumna Stefani Saintonge for “A League of Our Own.”

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 44th anniversary of the Gracie Awards. Honorees will receive their awards at a luncheon on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at Cipriani in New York City.

With studios in the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, WRHU’s award-winning, student-run radio station was named non-commercial radio station of the year by the National Association of Broadcasters in the prestigious Marconi Awards competition in 2014 and 2017, and was ranked the best college radio station in the nation by the Princeton Review for 2015 and 2016.  In addition to the Alliance for Women in Media, 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.

It 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 Long Island Nets, an NBA G-League team, producing and broadcasting its home games at NYCB Live, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

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