In Awards and Achievements, Journalism, Newsline

Brigham Young University and four ElevenNEWS at Noon students won a grand total of five Gracie Awards in the student-level competition this year.

The Gracies focus on recognizing exemplary programming created for women, by women and about women. Since 1975, these awards have been presented by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation to honor programming and individuals in radio, television, cable and web-based media. The numerous winners in this year’s competition highlight the caliber of students and quality instruction that can be found at BYU.

“My education at BYU has allowed me to go beyond the classroom; the hands on opportunities to work in the lab and with professors have taught me so much,” said Rebecca Woahn, a senior in the journalism emphasis and Gracie winner. “I graduate in August and as I’ve been interviewing for internships and jobs, people are always impressed by the experiences that we have as undergraduates here at BYU.”

For Lauren Butterfield, it has not only been receiving the Gracie Award that will forever be memorable, but also the experiences that she has had along the way.

“I received the award for a story very close to my heart,” said Butterfield. “The story was about my 5-year old friend who not only fought cancer twice, but has beaten it both times. She is an inspiration and hero to me and it means so much that through her, I won a Gracie, which is all about the empowerment of women. I feel very blessed.”

Below is a list of the Gracie Awards presented to BYU this year:

  • CoogTube
    Outstanding Sports Program
    Brigham Young University


  • Aubree Jones
    Outstanding Reporter/Correspondent
    Brigham Young University


  • Lauren Butterfield
    Lifesaving Bond – Outstanding Soft News Feature
    Brigham Young University/KBYU


  • Rebecca Woahn
    Outstanding On-Air Talent: Sports Program
    Brigham Young University/KBYU


  • Tawny Zambrano
    Outstanding Director – News
    Brigham Young University/KBYU

Each winner will receive their award at a ceremony in New York City in late June.

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