|JANE CLAYSON FEATURED
AT THE 2001 AWRT GRACIE ALLEN AWARDS LOCAL MARKET LUNCHEON WABC-TV
News Anchor Roz Abrams as Featured Host
(Vienna, VA, April 30, 2001)---Celebrating its 50th Anniversary
in 2001, American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT) announced
that Jane Clayson of The Early Show on CBS will be the featured
keynote speaker at the 2001 AWRT Gracie Allen Awardsä Local
Market Luncheon and that Roz Abrams, anchor of WABC-TV, will
be the event emcee. The luncheon is May 31st at the Plaza Hotel
in New York City (12:00 noon to 2:00pm). The award program brings
together industry luminaries, broadcasting personalities and
cable professionals to celebrate and honor the outstanding achievements
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The luncheon will honor 40 local market Gracie winners as well
as 18 honorable mentions. Founded by the Foundation of AWRT,
the Gracie Allen Awards honor programming by women, for women
and about women, as well as outstanding achievements by individuals
in broadcasting. The Gracies strives to encourage the positive
and realistic portrayal of women in entertainment, commercials,
news features and other programming. The Awards are named after
Gracie Allen, a pioneer in radio and television, who embodies
the spirit of these awards.
Jane Clayson, whose work as a journalist has taken her to Indonesia
and China, is co-anchor of “The Early Show” with Bryant Gumbel.
Clayson served as a reporter and anchor at a local station in
Salt Lake City before joining ABC in 1996 as part of ABC’s World
News Tonight. Clayson is an alumna of Brigham Young University,
where she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and was awarded
the Earl J. Glade prize for student excellence. In addition
to receiving several honors from the Society of Professional
Journalists, Clayson has won an Emmy and the prestigious Edward
R. Murrow Award, presented by the Radio and Television News
Directors of America. Her experience as a journalist has included
covering politics (the presidential campaigns of Bob Dole and
Ross Perot) and crime (the Oklahoma City bombing-trial verdict
and the O.J. Simpson civil trial), as well as spot reporting
on such news stories as the Atlanta Olympic Park bombing and
the crash of TWA Flight 800.
The featured emcee of the 2001 Gracie Allen Awards Local market
Lucheon, Roz Abrams, is a mainstay in New York City television.
She received her Bachelor of Science degree in sociology from
Western Michigan University and her M.A. in speech from the
University of Michigan. Abrams has become one of the industry’s
most uplifting journalists winning the “Star” Award from the
New York Women’s Agenda for being an inspirational role model
for women. She has also received the Centennial Award for her
service and achievement in the media by the Greater Harlem Chamber
of Commerce. Abrams has worked as an anchor for KRON-TV, WXIA-TV,
and CNN before joining the Eyewitness News program on WABC-TV.
She has spent the last 15 years covering a wide variety of subjects
from the information superhighway to the end of Apartheid in
To purchase tickets or for a complete list of award winners
for the AWRT’s 26th Annual Gracie Allen Awards Luncheon, call
AWRT at (703) 506-3290 or go to www.awrt.org.