Press Release

WISN 12 Hosts 34th Annual Black Excellence Awards

2019 Gala event recognizes local entrepreneurs

By - Feb 12th, 2019 11:01 am

MILWAUKEE, WIS. (February 12, 2018) – WISN 12 is once again hosting and sponsoring the Black Excellence Awards to honor African Americans from across the area who are serving communities, inspiring peers and providing leadership. The 34th Annual Event presented by the Milwaukee Times, themed “The Excellence of Imagination, Boldness, and Innovation: Honoring our Entrepreneurs,” is being held on Friday, February 15, 2019 at the Italian Conference Center. WISN 12 News anchors Sheldon Dutes and Adrienne Pedersen will serve as emcees for the ceremony.

“The recipients of these awards serve as inspiration to us all. They have made a significant impact on Milwaukee and all of Southeastern Wisconsin,” says Jan Wade, president and general manager of WISN 12. “It’s an honor to recognize them and share our appreciation of their accomplishments.”

This year’s special honoree category is “Milwaukee’s Urban Entrepreneurs,” highlighting the contributions of local business owners and the positive impact they have had on the community. In addition to this special honoree distinction there are more than a dozen other categories being featured, including areas like volunteerism, arts, education, law, community leadership, healthcare and more. The event will also welcome local high school students who are receiving the prestigious Louvenia Johnson Scholarship, recognizing accomplishments involving education, extracurricular activities, and community-building.

The keynote address will be delivered by Steven Weddle, managing director for J.P. Morgan Chase. Along with the keynote speaker, recipients and honorees, the gala will feature appearances by local leaders Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes, and Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele.

About WISN 12 and Hearst Television

WISN 12, the ABC station in Milwaukee, is owned by Hearst Television Inc, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hearst Corporation.  Hearst Television owns and operates local television and radio stations serving 26 media markets across 39 states reaching over 21 million U.S. television households. Through its partnership with nearly all of the major networks, Hearst Television distributes national content over nearly 70 video channels including programming from ABC, NBC, CBS, CW, MY Net, MeTV, This TV, Estrella and more.  Hearst Television is recognized as one of the industry’s premier companies, and has been honored with numerous awards for distinguished journalism, industry innovation, and community service.  Hearst Television is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hearst. The Company’s Web address is www.hearsttelevision.com.

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