Rowan students win prestigious “Gracie” awards

Rowan students win prestigious “Gracie” awards


Rowan University senior Megan Steckler won a prestigious Gracie Award for the second consecutive year from the Alliance for Women In Media Foundation in New York March 28.

Steckler was honored for Best Host/Personality in the student division as host of “A Community Affair,” making her the first Rowan Radio member to win two Gracie awards. Last year she was honored for “A Community Affair” in the Best Talk Show category.

This year’s entry included Steckler’s work interviewing Rowan Professor Julie Haynes and former NASA astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison.

"Whether she hosted a music show or a public affairs program, Megan's energetic and inquisitive personality carried over into her work,” said Rowan Radio Station Manager Derek Jones. “Becoming Rowan Radio's first two-time Gracie Award winner is a remarkable achievement.”

The Best Host/Personality category recognizes an outstanding personality “who informs and entertains an audience in a fashion that engages that audience to keep them coming back for more.”

The victory marks the 13th time Rowan Radio has won a Gracie since its first in 2006.

Rowan Radio News Director Allison Bruce received honorable mention for Best Producer in the student competition. Bruce produced “The Rowan Report Election Night Special,” which featured live updates on key election races and examined important issues impacting voters.

Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM has won more than 360 regional and national awards since 1993 including Best College Radio Station of the Year in 2022 and 2023.