CBS’ Lara Logan accepts her Gracie award.
Last night’s 33rd annual Gracie Allen Awards were graced with TVNewsers from start to finish, from every major network. From the beginning, TV news was on the mind of the host of the evening, Giuliana Rancic. Rancic joked about her “entertainment reporter” title. “Fox News has been fair and balanced, giving Obama equal coverage to McCain,” she said. “We are too. We give just as much coverage to Nicole Richie as Paris Hilton.”
One of the first awards was presented by CNBC president Mark Hoffman, who introduced anchor Suze Orman (who won for Best Talk Show). “When it comes to personal finance, there’s Suze and there’s everyone else,” he said.
Orman had her own saying. “Behind every great woman, there are four five other great women,” she said, thanking many of the women who work on her show.
Maya Angelou accepted her award for best radio show early in the night, after the only unanimous standing ovation of the evening. Not TVNewser related per se, but hearing Angelou begin her speech with, “My thanks must first go to Oprah and Friends and then to XM,” just…didn’t sound right.
Outstanding Hard News Feature went to Lara Logan for a story initially, “crushed by the United States military commanders and the Iraqi government.” She dedicated the award to the Iraqi children and military personnel profiled in the piece.
NBC’s Today show was represented, as Al Roker and Hoda Kotb got some of the biggest laughs of the night.