Rachael Ray to Receive American Women in Radio and Television Tribute Award at 34th Annual Gracies Gala

(McLean, VA) – American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT) is pleased to announce that daytime host and bestselling author Rachael Ray will receive the esteemed 2009 AWRT Tribute Award at this year's Gracie Awards Gala on Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at New York's Marriott Marquis Hotel. This award was first presented on the 25th anniversary of The Gracies Gala and is bestowed upon an individual who truly makes a difference in the media and beyond. Rachael Ray’s impressive success throughout a diverse cross section of media properties is a striking example of the achievements and accomplishments women can claim, and is very deserving of the AWRT Tribute Award. 

The 2009 Gracie Awards Gala, to be hosted by Niecy Nash of the Style Network’s Clean House and Comedy Central’s Reno 911, will recognize exemplary programming created for women, by women, and about women in all facets of electronic media, including radio, television, cable and new media.  

“Rachael Ray's multi-faceted career successes have sent a strong message of empowerment to women everywhere. She has taken her natural talent for cooking and her strong ability to connect with people and establish their trust, and developed an enterprise which continues to nurture a healthy relationship between food and family. We are proud to pay tribute to her with this award,” emphasized AWRT President, Maria E. Brennan. 

In just a few short years, Rachael Ray has created a diverse media brand as the multi-talented personality of all things culinary. Ray is a wildly successful television host, best-selling author, founder and editorial director of her own lifestyle magazine and founder of the Yum-o! organization and Rachael’s Rescue.  Newsweek praised Rachael Ray as being “the most down-to-earth TV star on the planet...” People magazine named Rachael Ray one of the top 10 shows of 2006, and Forbes voted her #2 “Most Trusted Celebrity.” Business Week honored Rachael as one of the “Best Leaders of 2006” and Television Week named her “Syndication Personality of the Year” in 2007. 

”It is humbling to be honored for anything, but this is especially meaningful to me as this award recognizes the incredible dedication and hard work of all the great people I work with to create the Rachael Ray show, 30-Minute Meals, Tasty Travels and Rachael’s Vacation,” said Ray.

Rachael Ray first made her mark on media with multiple series on the Food Network, including 30-Minute MealsRachael’s Vacation, Tasty Travels, $40 A Day and Inside Dish. In the fall of 2006, Rachael expanded her audience with the launch of her daytime syndicated program, Rachael Ray. Now in its third successful season, Rachael Ray takes the same philosophy that helped Rachael get America back into the kitchen and applies it to everyday problems.

When Rachael Ray premiered in the fall of 2006, it scored the highest rated premiere for a syndicated talk show since the 2002 launch of Dr. Phil. It immediately secured its position among the top ranked daytime shows and was the #1 syndicated strip launched in the 2006-07 season. In 2006, Rachael Ray garnered a Daytime Emmy Award for “Outstanding Service Show” and a nomination for “Outstanding Service Show Host ” for The Food Network’s Inside Dish. In 2007, Rachael Ray received a Daytime Emmy Award and was nominated for six others. Rachael Ray won the 2008 “Outstanding Talk Show - Entertainment” Emmy Award. And now in 2009, Rachael Ray has once again received several Emmy nominations; including “Outstanding Talk Show” and “Outstanding Talk Show Host.” With positive praise and remarkable ratings, the show has been renewed through 2010.