Entertainment Tonight senior producer Bonnie Tiegel was recognized with the Phenomenal Woman Media Award for her feature series on YWCA GLA's campaign to end domestic human sex trafficking.
A renowned television veteran and a tireless advocate for women's rights, Tiegel helped launch YWCA GLA's campaign to end human trafficking along with GLA president and CEO Faye Washington and the organization's ambassador Kathy Ireland.
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The event took place at the Omni hotel in downtown Los Angeles on May 13. After a heartfelt introduction from former Entertainment Tonight host Mary Hart, with whom Tiegel worked alongside for much of her career, Tiegel took to the podium to give her thanks for the distinction.
"Thank you to the YWCA Greater Los Angeles for this amazing award and I want to thank you for all of the work you do all year round to empower women," said the four-time Emmy award winner. "And thank you to my longtime, fabulous friend Mary Hart, who's not only a television pioneer but also a very huge champion of women, which we all know. I feel very lucky to be in the business of telling stories of people and their humanity all through the power of medium of broadcast television. It's a very important task that we really don't take lightly, and should not. Not only are we here to entertain, but we also have a responsibility -- and I feel that responsibility in the media -- to educate and give meaning to people's lives through the stories that we tell. I'm very proud of the work that we've done to help bring awareness to the issues of human trafficking and anti-bullying, and hopefully one day we'll be able to tell the story on how we helped end both. I'm truly humbled by this honor. I appreciate my wonderful friends and family that have been here. I'm very humbled by being here. Thank you."
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Tiegel was honored alongside California Congresswoman Maxine Waters and Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis.