Lily Tomlin to Host 2013 Women's Media Awards, 10/8
The Women's Media Center announced its honorees for The 2013 Women's Media Awards on Tuesday October 8th at 583 Park Avenue in New York City. Lily Tomlin will host the event.
The honorees are:
Christiane Amanpour, Chief International Correspondent for CNN and host of CNN International's nightly interview program Amanpour, and a Global Affairs Anchor of ABC News.
Sheila C. Johnson, Founding Partner of Black Entertainment Television; CEO of Salamander Hotels and Resorts; Ms. Johnson is Vice Chairman of Monumental Sports & Entertainment and President and Managing Partner of the WNBA's Washington Mystics. She is the only African-American woman to have ownership in three professional sports teams, including the NBA's Washington Wizards and the NHL's Washington Capitals; Executive Producer of four documentary films including Kicking It, A Powerful Noise, She Is the Matador, The Other City and Executive Producer of the newly released feature film Lee Daniels'The Butler.
Maria Teresa Kumar, Emmy-nominated contributor for MSNBC, and President and CEO of Voto Latino.
Makers, a 3-hour documentary event, Women Who Make America, plus a digital platform-the largest video archive of women ever assembled, showcasing thousands of compelling stories--so women will no longer be left out of history.
Mary Thom (in memoriam), author, Ms. Magazine editor, and Online Features Editor for The Women's Media Center
The Women's Media Awards recognize and honor game-changers for women in media. By deciding who gets to talk, what creates the debate, who writes, and what is important enough to be visible, the media shapes our understanding of who we are and what we can be. The Women's Media Awards shine a light on this important issue.
Pat Mitchell, President & CEO of The Paley Center for Media and Founding Co- Chair of The Women's Media Center, will present the Pat Mitchell Lifetime Achievement Award to Christiane Amanpour. "I admire Christiane for so many reasons...she's brave, courageous, committed, compassionate, and approaches her life and her work with unusual vigor and discipline," says Pat Mitchell. "Through a career characterized by reports from the most dangerous places on earth to the offices of the most powerful leaders and policy makers, Christiane's insistent pursuit of the truth has shaped a better understanding of the world in times where that understanding has been needed most. Her body of work as a journalist and the values that clearly define her choices as a journalist and as a woman, inspire and serve as a model for all journalists, and all women, on their path to a life of purpose and to work that matters and makes a difference."
Jane Fonda, two-time Academy Award-winning actress, humanitarian, activist and Co-Founder of The Women's Media Center, will present the Social Media Award. The honoree is selected online by a group of ten distinguished digital journalists, bloggers, and thought leaders. "Social media has brought news and differing perspectives to the world and changed the conversation," says Jane Fonda. "It is where the power to make significant change exists today."
Robin Morgan, best-selling author and award winning poet, Co-Founder of The Women's Media Center, and Host of WMC's Live with Robin Morgan, will present the Multi-Media Award for Groundbreaking Contribution to Women, History and America to the acclaimed PBS series MAKERS, The landmark documentary and digital platform featuring the largest video archive of thousands of women and their compelling stories.
"It's fitting that the first ever Women's Media Center Multi-Media Award goes to MAKERS," says Robin Morgan. "This project--a decade in the making--is an incredible, multi-faceted accomplishment. It finally makes visible the U.S. Women's Movement in all its power and diversity, and by so doing strengthens both journalism and democracy itself."
Gloria Steinem, Co-Founder of The Women's Media Center, will present the Visionary Role Model and Corporate Leader Award to Sheila C. Johnson. "Sheila is a true trailblazer in the world of media," says Gloria Steinem. "She has used her power and vision to change the landscape of media as we know it."