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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.

We get it wrong when we say the point is to be happy.' A mother reflects after her son dies

As youth suicides increase, these teens want to save lives

Alex was 13 and depressed. So why couldn’t his mom check in with his therapist?

Should parents be able to weigh in on teens' mental health treatment?

caption: From left: Seniors Dominic Jansen and Raven Stevenson, accompanied by advisers Andrew Burdette and Crissie Petro, accept the Trevor R. Simpson Award for their work as peer mentors at the Muckleshoot Tribal School.
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From left: Seniors Dominic Jansen and Raven Stevenson, accompanied by advisers Andrew Burdette and Crissie Petro, accept the Trevor R. Simpson Award for their work as peer mentors at the Muckleshoot Tribal School.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

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."

The barrier between us is breaking: How politics brought my mom and me closer

caption: RadioActive youth producer Marian Mohamed (left) with her mother, Mulki. Mulki was in the same refugee camp as Representative Ilhan Omar.
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RadioActive youth producer Marian Mohamed (left) with her mother, Mulki. Mulki was in the same refugee camp as Representative Ilhan Omar.
Credit: KUOW PHOTO/Marian Mohamed