Emily Barr To Receive Golden Mike Award

The Graham Media CEO will be honored by the Broadcasters Foundation of America in March at the charitable organization’s annual black-tie gala.

Emily L. Barr, president and chief executive officer of Graham Media Group, will receive the 2018 Golden Mike Award from the Broadcasters Foundation of America on Monday, March 5, 2018, at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.

The annual black-tie gala is a major fundraiser for the Broadcasters Foundation, the only charity devoted exclusively to helping broadcasters in acute need. It has distributed millions of dollars in aid to broadcasters who have lost their livelihood through a catastrophic event, debilitating disease or unforeseen tragedy.

“It is an honor to receive this award from the Broadcasters Foundation of America, and I am grateful to the Board for their commitment to our colleagues in need,” said Barr. “This year, the Broadcasters Foundation rose to the challenge of helping so many of our colleagues who were impacted by hurricanes, floods, and wildfires. With the generous support of broadcasters across the country, the Foundation can continue to make a difference in the lives of those who find themselves in devastating circumstances.”

“Emily is a consummate broadcaster, whose leadership and service to the industry and the communities that the Graham stations serve are commendable,” said Dan Mason, chairman of the Broadcasters Foundation. “We are proud to honor her and recognize her accomplishments.”

Barr leads the seven-station broadcast television division of Graham Media Holdings — a position she has held since 2012. Under her leadership, Graham Media Group was named “2016 Station Group of the Year” by Broadcasting & Cable magazine. Previously, Barr did stints as President and General Manager of ABC-owned stations in Chicago and Raleigh-Durham.

Known for her industry and civic involvement, Barr serves on the boards of The Associated Press and the Television Bureau of Advertising. She is the first vice chair for television for the National Association of Broadcasters and has been the chairman of the board of the Illinois Broadcasters Association. Barr was inducted into the 2016 Silver Circle of the Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. She was awarded the 2014 Vincent T. Wasilewski Broadcaster of the Year by the Illinois Broadcasters Association and received the 2010 Westbury Leadership Award from the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago for her involvement in a citywide media effort to raise funds for the Haitian earthquake relief effort.


The Golden Mike Award dinner attracts a who’s who of broadcast media executives and celebrities. The presenters and performers for this year’s event will be announced at a later date. Previous Golden Mike Award recipients have included: Alan Frank, Bob Pittman, Gordon Smith, David Barrett, Jeff Smulyan, and more.

For information, or to reserve a seat or table, please contact the Broadcasters Foundation at 212-373-8250 or [email protected].

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Cheryl Thorne says:

November 6, 2017 at 7:04 pm

Class Act ..Well Deserved

Ron Consiglio says:

November 7, 2017 at 9:29 am

Congrats Emily!!!!!!!

Nicole Evatt says:

November 7, 2017 at 11:32 am

Emily, you are the very definition of the word, ‘broadcaster’!

Wolfgang Paul says:

November 7, 2017 at 12:54 pm

Congratulations, Emily! Your receiving this will set a new high mark for the award.

Christopher Caputo says:

November 7, 2017 at 6:43 pm

What a great leader and Lady!!!! Way to go Emily!!!! Congrats….

Cheryl Thorne says:

November 8, 2017 at 8:24 am

Much better deserved than her predecessor at Post Newsweek!!!

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