KUOW Wins Two Gracie Awards for Mental Health Coverage and Local Student Radio
May 13, 2020
Seattle, WA – KUOW has won two Gracie Awards, announced today by The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF). The Gracies recognize individual achievement and exemplary programming created by, for and about women in all facets of media and entertainment. See full list of this year's Gracie winner here.
KUOW's Deborah Wang and Carol Smith were recognized in the Local Radio category for their important stories on parenting and mental health. Wang completed this work as part of her Rosalynn Carter for Mental Health Journalism Fellowship, with Smith editing the series.
KUOW's RadioActive Youth Media won in the Local Student Radio category for Marian Mohamed’s story about how Ilhan Omar’s election brought her and her mother closer together.
Below, learn more about the winning stories – and thank you as always to our community, who makes this important journalism possible.
Reporter / Correspondent – Local Radio News
Parenting and Mental Health Series
Reporter: Deborah Wang
Editor: Carol Smith
As part of her Rosalynn Carter for Mental Health Journalism Fellowship, KUOW's Deborah Wang completed a reporting project on parenting and mental health. The series included stories of parents trying to put the pieces together after the suicide of their son, teens working on suicide prevention, and the complex realities of age of consent laws.
News Feature – Local Student Radio
Reporter: Marian Mohamed
Editor: Liz Jones
RadioActive Mentor: Kyle Norris
KUOW's RadioActive Youth Media won in the "Local Student Radio" category for Marian Mohamed’s story about how Ilhan Omar’s election brought her and her mother closer together.
"I had to read the news of the award about five times before I ran to my mom to tell her the news. I'll never forget the smile that adorned my moms' face when I told her about the award we received," said Mohamed. "I'm forever grateful to my mom for allowing me to tell her story. This award means a lot to me as it shows me that the narratives of Somali Americans are accessible to a larger audience. I hope that this is just the beginning of my journey of telling stories that shine a light on stories rarely told to the public."