FOX News Media CEO Suzanne Scott and President Jay Wallace announced the recipients of the 2022 FOX News Media Spotlight Awards at a year-end town hall employee event on Tuesday.
The FOX News Media Spotlight Awards are a tradition at FOX News Media, with management receiving hundreds of nominations from employees eager to celebrate team members who deserve special recognition. As Wallace served as Monday’s “Lucky Guy” along with Harris Faulkner, Dagen McDowell and Emily Compagno, Scott and Wallace took to the “huge” set to present the honors.
“These awards help us recognize extraordinary employees who go above and beyond in and out of the workplace,” said Scott.
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Community Service Award: Emily Compagno
This award is given to the employee who has given time and effort to their local community and is most active in the company’s volunteer efforts. Emily Compagno, the host of “The Big Number” who broke down in tears during the ceremony, does just that, always giving her time and energy to charities and other organizations, from children with cancer to law enforcement. His compassion, hard work and contributions to countless organizations for the needy are unparalleled.
Compagno also served as Grand Marshal of the NYPD Columbia Association in New York’s Columbus Day parade and is an ambassador for K-9 Hurricane’s Heroes, a charity that provides subsidized veterinary care to retired law enforcement and military dogs.
Ambassador of the Year Award: Selena Muhammad
The Inclusive Ambassador of the Year award is for an employee who exemplifies celebration, engagement and advocacy on behalf of diverse community voices within and outside of FOX News Media. Mohammed, director of technical operations and engineering based in Washington, D.C., has done just that by creating a culture of diversity, inclusion and belonging, and by regularly encouraging people to step outside their comfort zones to grow professionally.
Impact Award: Christina Pelosi
The Impact Award is given to someone who has made a significant and positive impact on business processes and profitability over the past year. Pelosi, the Brain Room’s senior legal information specialist, was praised by her peers for her role in Fentanyl: America’s Poisoning, and her knowledge of the justice system has been invaluable to Brain Room and FOX. Mass media.
Innovator of the Year: Allan Giacomelli
Innovator of the Year recognizes an initiative that creates a new way of delivering information, telling a story or doing business. CTO Giacomelli helps keep FOX News Media one step ahead of the competition with cutting-edge technology to deliver the “wow” factor to viewers.
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Unsung Hero Award
The Unsung Hero Award is given to employees who consistently and consistently go above and beyond with work that is important to FOX News Media, but often overlooked. Four winners were selected this year.
Scibelli, a project manager for technical operations, was nominated by four different peers after demonstrating her willingness to take on any task she is assigned with grace and professionalism. Scibelli’s peers always count on him to come up with solutions, and few realize how many FOX News media projects he’s contributed to over the past year.
William “Bill” Mears
Mears, a Supreme Court and national security producer, has been nominated five times. Court gurus help their colleagues to understand complex issues to provide quick and accurate information to the audience. In addition to knowing everything there is to know about the Supreme Court, Mears does everything from editing to research to improve the on-air product. “He is critical to the success of the DC bureau,” one colleague wrote.
Lubell, an operations manager for a media production group, has been nominated an astounding 10 times. His work is critical to FOX News Media, and colleagues say he has been “absorbing information like a sponge” since joining the team in 2021. He takes immediate action on anything that comes his way and clearly communicates and collaborates with production staff. provide the highest possible product.
Numa, Brain Room’s lead political expert, works around the clock to provide political analysis and election predictions at Brainroom via the Fox News Power Rankings. Numa’s election night experience has benefited the company, and it recently developed an app that helps anchors, reporters and executives get election data for key races faster than ever before.
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Rising Star Award
The Rising Star Award is given to entry-level employees who have demonstrated exemplary work ethic and growth throughout the year. Four winners have been selected.
A six-time Fox Business Network programming writer and researcher, Westerman has been called a “superstar” by his colleagues and says he “wants the show to be as successful as an anchor.” He is known for doing whatever it takes to benefit his team and is always willing to take on additional responsibilities.
Knesek, director of human resources, is critical to the long-term success of FOX News Media. He recently developed and launched Career Launch, a program that guides early-career talent to success by providing them with the tools and resources to navigate their career journey. He is also known as the person any employee in any department can turn to for help and guidance.
Atkins, associate producer on the DC assignment desk, is a new addition to FOX News Media and has quickly made a name for herself with reliable speed and thoughtfulness. He’s delivered flawless live footage and doesn’t flinch when ever-changing news cycles change plans with little notice.
Harris, a technology operations and engineering transmission operator, has developed bookings for studio vans, traditional studios and news feeds, embracing his role despite being hired when training new staff during the pandemic became difficult. He has expanded his responsibilities and is always looking to take on new challenges, playing a key role in the Resource Operations Center and helping FOX News Media grow in the process.
All winners will receive a cash prize.
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Last year, the late Pierre Zakhrevsky was awarded the “Hero Without A Sky” award, just months before he was tragically killed while covering the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Zakrzewski was honored by Fox Corporation CEO Lachlan Murdoch at the start of the event at City Hall. Wallace also reminded this year’s Unsung Hero winners that they have “big shoes to fill.”
Ukrainian journalist Oleksandra “Sasha” Kuvshinova, who worked as a consultant for Fox News, was also killed in the attack and Fox News reporter Benjamin Hall was seriously injured, but home for the holidays.
Fox News’ Nicholas Lanum contributed to this report.