News - March 1996

GLAAD to present "Excellence in Media" award to Barbara Walters

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) will present a new award, for Excellence in Media, to Barbara Walters at the 7th annual Media Awards in New York City on March 7, 1996 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.

Veteran journalist Barbara Walters will be honored for her commitment to covering gay and lesbian issues, culminating with her interview of Olympic gold-medalist Greg Louganis. Walters' ground-breaking interviews have made her one of the most highly acclaimed journalists on television, and GLAAD is proud to acknowledge her achievement.

Walters joined ABC News in 1976 as the first woman to co-host the network news. She joined the newsmagazine "20/20" in 1984. Prior to her tenure with ABC she appeared on NBC's "Today Show" for 15 years, where she became that show's first female co-host. Walters' numerous and timely interviews appear regularly on the "20/20," "The Barbara Walters Specials," and ABC's "Turning Point."

Founded in 1985, GLAAD works for fair, accurate, and inclusive representation in all media as a means of challenging discrimination based on sexual orientation or identity. The GLAAD Media Awards were created in 1990 to celebrate the organization's successes and to congratulate those whose work exemplifies the tremendous improvements that have been made in media coverage of the communities GLAAD represents.

In New York, the Media Awards event includes cocktails, dinner, and both a silent and live auction. In Los Angeles, the event will be held on Sunday, March 10 at the Century Plaza Hotel.

The GLAAD Media Awards are underwritten in part by a generous contribution from Absolut Vodka.

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