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Esther Dillard Receives the 2024 Prestigious Gracie Award by AWMF
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Esther Dillard Receives the 2024 Prestigious Gracie Award by AWMF

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Esteemed broadcast journalist and acclaimed author Esther Dillard has been celebrated 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.

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Esther clinched the award for her outstanding news feature titled “Black, Autistic and Safe,” a compelling four-part series featured on the Black Information Network owned by iHeartMedia.

The series bravely tackled the concerns of parents regarding police encounters after children and adults on the autism spectrum had been harmed.

These poignant conversations served as the inspiration for Esther’s book, “Raising An Autistic Young Adult,” which further expanded on the issues discussed in the series.

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The Alliance for Women in Media (AWM), founded in 1951, is committed 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.

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.

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.”

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

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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.

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

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.

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Esther Dillard’s impactful contributions extend beyond her literary endeavors. In her book “Embracing my Black Natural Hair: A Guide from a Former TV Reporter Who Went Natural,” she fearlessly delves into the complex history of Black hair, its cultural significance, and the discrimination faced by Black individuals in workplaces.

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

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Esther Dillard has co-authored the engaging children’s activity book, “Brain Games Teen Activity Book: Hip Hop Edition,” with her husband, award-winning radio executive “Skip” Dillard.

This venture into the dynamic world of hip hop culture offers a unique blend of entertainment and education.

Esther Dillard’s dedication to addressing critical issues, her literary achievements, and her unwavering advocacy for empowerment make her a remarkable figure in both the media industry and the broader community.

For more information about Esther Dillard and her work, visit her website at

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