March 17, 2001

Spanish-language UHF-TV station Univision 41 (WXTV) in New York has been honored with a number of prestigious broadcast and media awards.

EDWARD R. MURROW AWARD: The Radio-Television News Directors Association (RTNDA) has honored Gotham's premier Spanish-language TV station with the Edward R. Murrow Award (named after the legendary, eponymous CBS News reporter) for Excellence in Journalism in the category, Spot News Coverage. Univision 41 won the award for "La Tormenta del Mileneo" (The Storm of the Millennium), which was seen on the 6 pm broadcast of "Noticias 41" on December 30, 2000. Univision 41 competed with stations in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania in the regional competition for entries seen during 2000. Its award makes Univision 41 eligible for a national Edward R. Murrow Award to be presented later this year.

GRACIE ALLEN AWARD: American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT) have honored "Noticias 41" weekday anchor Denisse Oller with a Gracie Allen Award for the second year in a row. The Gracie, named after the female half of the Burns & Allen comedy team, honors excellence in programming by, about, or for women. Oller won the award for "Mama, Tengo Un Secreto" (Mother, I have a secret), a story that ran in three parts on the 11 pm "Noticias 41" May 1, 2, & 3, 2000. The story touched on the traumatic, often hidden lives of young gays and lesbians in the Latino community and the strong taboos that make them remain hidden.

EMMY NOMINATIONS: Univision 41 received three New York Emmy nominations, which were announced April 4. The nominations go to Olga Alvarez, Jose Rafael Colon, and Alex Benes of "Noticias 41" in the category, Outstanding Multi-Part News Feature, for "Regalo De Vida" (Gift of Life), a story about organ transplants; to Luis Antonio Valera, Martha Soto, Jose Sanchez, Joseph Provede, and Ericka Pinko in the category "Outstanding Event Coverage" for a June 6, 2000 for a special program honoring bandleader Tito Puente shortly after his death; and to Bob Campbell in the category "Outstanding Camera -- Short Form" for his work on Univision 41 promotional announcements. New York Emmy Awards covering the period September 1, 2000 to August 31, 2001, will be presented on May 6, 2001.

OUTSTANDING LATINAS: Sofia LaChapel, reporter for the 6 am weekday broadcasts of "Noticias 41 al Despertar," was one of several Hispanic women honored in the sixth annual Outstanding Latinas Celebration Luncheon by Spanish-language newspaper el diario / LA PRENSA on March 25.

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