For the Brian Ross investigation, ABC News used hidden cameras and courageous 82-year-old Doris Ace, Chuchmach’s grandmother, to expose an alleged Medicare fraud operation in which a Texas doctor diagnosed her with a range of ailments she did not have – diagnoses that could have opened the door to potentially tens of thousands of dollars in Medicare payments for home health care, supplies and equipment she did not need.
The Gracie Awards, named for radio and television pioneer Gracie Allen, recognize exemplary programming created for women, by women, and about women in all facets of media, including radio, television, cable and new media.
For 60 years, the Alliance for Women in Media (formerly AWRT) has served as the voice and resource for women in the media. And for more than three decades, the Foundation has been a leader in celebrating and honoring programming created for women, by women and about women, as well as individuals who have made exemplary contributions to the industry.
The Alliance for Women in Media was formed in 1951 as successor to the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) women’s division. NAB voted approval of the new organization, offering complete cooperation and assistance. The following year, more than 280 women gathered to celebrate and approve the structure of American Women in Radio in Television (AWRT). In 2010, the organization changed its name to the Alliance for Women in Media, in order to better represent our commitment to women in all forms of electronic media.
“There are no easy answers’ but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right.” ~ Ronald Reagan