2007-05-31 / News

Ruggeiro receives journalism award

News Talk 630 WPRO's Deb Ruggiero, host of Amazing Women, was awarded two of six Metcalf Awards for diversity in the media by Rhode Island for Community

and Justice last week.

R u g g i e r o was recognized in the radio and television category for her interviews with

amazing women

in the community on news/talk 630 WPRO as well as her Rhode Island PBS television show on Rhode Island's Black Heritage.

Ruggiero is director of community development at Citadel Radio where she advises clients and non-profit organizations on their marketing and advertising campaigns. Her broadcast career began 25 years ago on-air in Boston at CBS radio as a news/talk show host. She spent 10 years in TV sales and management at FOX and WPRI TV before joining Citadel Radio in 2000. Ruggiero also teaches Broadcast Advertising and Communications Research at Providence College.

"I am a lifelong broadcaster who also happens to be an educator. We have a duty to educate this community, whether it's about RI's black history that dates back to the 1700s or on contemporary issues like renewable energy and global warming," says host Ruggiero.

The Metcalf Awards were established in 1998 to honor Michael Mecalf, the late publisher of the Providence Journal, and to showcase the commitment of journalists and media to promote understanding and respect for all members of the Rhode Island Community.

Amazing Women airs every Sunday morning on WPRO from 8:30 to 9 a.m.

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