Monday, June 24, 2024

Broadcaster Esther Dillard Receives 2024 Prestigious Gracie Award Cementing Her Status Among Accomplished Women

Esther Dillard
Esther Dillard

*Esteemed broadcast journalist and acclaimed author Esther Dillard has been honored with the prestigious 2024 Gracie Award by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF). This significant recognition marks a notable achievement in Esther’s distinguished career spanning nearly 15 years in the media industry.

The feature Esther won for was the direct inspiration for the book “Raising An Autistic Young Adult,” authored by Esther Dillard herself. Some of what was shared in that four-part series was included in the book. The book expanded on those conversations.

Founded in 1951, the Alliance for Women in Media (AWM) is dedicated to advancing women in media through networking, education, and celebrating achievements.

The annual Gracie Awards, now in its 49th year, were established to honor individuals and content that embody the roles, stories, and priorities of women. Ceremonies for this year’s Gracie Awards are scheduled for May 21 at the Beverly Wilshire (A Four Seasons Hotel) and June 18 at Cipriani 42nd Street.

Esther Dillard’s recent accolade solidifies her status as an esteemed figure among accomplished women in the media industry. Her heartfelt dedication to shedding light on crucial issues has not only inspired a groundbreaking book but also fostered meaningful connections within her professional community.

Esther Dillard
Esther Dillard

Commenting on her latest achievement, Esther Dillard shared, “Upon receiving the 2024 Gracie Award, I am overwhelmed with gratitude and deeply moved. These acknowledgments represent not only personal achievements but also a testament to the importance of shedding light on crucial issues affecting marginalized communities. It’s incredibly validating to see my work resonate with audiences and to be recognized alongside other accomplished women. These awards serve as fuel for my commitment to advocating for inclusion, understanding, and empowerment through journalism. I am profoundly thankful for the opportunity to make a positive impact and look forward to continuing this vital work.”

In addition to the Gracie Award, Esther Dillard has also received recognition from iHeartMedia for her impactful news feature, “Black, Autistic and Safe.” This recognition further underscores her dedication to addressing critical issues within diverse communities.

Esther Dillard’s latest literary masterpiece, “Raising An Autistic Young Adult: A Parents’ Guide to ASD Safety, Communication, and Employment Opportunities to Empower Black and Brown Caregivers and Their Families,” continues to make waves since its release on February 15, 2024.

This comprehensive guide aims to assist families in navigating the distinctive challenges of raising an autistic young adult within Black and Brown communities.

In addition to her literary contributions, Esther Dillard proudly supports the READ campaign, a project of the American Library Association (ALA), championing the cause of literacy alongside influential figures such as Oprah Winfrey, Octavia Spencer, Denzel Washington, and Dolly Parton.

Esther Dillard - Raising An Autistic Young Adult - book cover
Esther Dillard – Raising An Autistic Young Adult – book cover

To purchase a copy of “Raising An Autistic Young Adult” and embark on this journey of understanding, support, and empowerment, visit here.

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About Esther Dillard
Esther Dillard is a respected broadcast journalist and author known for her dedication to addressing critical issues within diverse communities. With a background in journalism and education, she brings a unique perspective to her work, offering valuable insights and guidance for families navigating the complexities of autism.

Esther Dillard is not only the author of “Raising An Autistic Young Adult,” but she also penned the insightful book “Embracing my Black Natural Hair: A Guide from a Former TV Reporter Who Went Natural.”

In addition to the Gracie Award, Esther Dillard has also received recognition from iHeartMedia for her impactful news feature, “Black, Autistic, and Safe.” This recognition further underscores her dedication to addressing critical issues within diverse communities.

Esther Dillard’s latest literary masterpiece, “Raising An Autistic Young Adult: A Parents’ Guide to ASD Safety, Communication, and Employment Opportunities to Empower Black and Brown Caregivers and Their Families,” continues to make waves since its release on February 15, 2024.

In a society where African American hair has been a point of contention, Esther fearlessly delves into the complex history of Black hair, its cultural significance, and the discrimination faced by Black individuals in workplaces. Through her book, she sheds light on the challenges of embracing natural afro-centric and protective hairstyles, often deemed “unprofessional” or “unkempt” by Eurocentric standards.

Esther’s work serves as a beacon of empowerment and advocacy, encouraging individuals to embrace their natural beauty and defy societal norms.

Moreover, Esther Dillard has co-authored the engaging children’s activity book, “Brain Games Teen Activity Book: Hip Hop Edition.”

Collaborating with her husband, award-winning radio executive “Skip” Dillard, Esther brings forth captivating ventures into the dynamic worlds of hip-hop.

In “Brain Games Teen Activity Book: Hip Hop Edition,” Esther and Skip invite readers to explore the heart of hip-hop culture through an array of fun-filled activities, offering a unique blend of entertainment and education.

For more information about Esther Dillard, visit her website at estherdillard.com.

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