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Former Memphian nets ‘Leading Woman’ honor

Native Memphian Callie Crossley will be among six women honored in Boston during the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts’ 20th annual Leading Women Awards on Oct. 20. Native Memphian Callie Crossley will be among six women honored in Boston during the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts’ 20th annual Leading Women Awards on Oct. 20. The event is part of the celebration of the Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary.

 
 Callie Crossley

Crossley, who now lives in Cambridge, Mass., is the host of “The Callie Crossley Show” on WGBH-FM, 89.7. Crossley appears occasionally on CNN’s “Reliable Sources, The PBS News Hour” and is contributor to several Boston-area television shows.

A former producer for ABC NEWS 20/20, Crossley also produced the Oscar® nominated hour of the acclaimed documentary series, “Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years 1954-1965. Bridge to Freedom,” which focused on the Selma, Ala. voting rights campaign. In addition, Crossley has won numerous major film and television awards, including a national Emmy and the top Alfred I. Dupont-Columbia award (Gold Baton), the Pulitzer Prize of broadcast journalism. She is the recipient of two Harvard Fellowships, the Nieman Fellowship, and a Fellowship from the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.

“Each year Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts honors select female leaders who have made a positive impact in their career and community,” said Ruth N. Bramson, CEO, Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts.  “The Leading Women Awards is a way for our girls to meet great role models like Callie and for our supporters to learn how Girl Scouts is creating future women leaders.”

Crossley was fresh out of Wellesley College when – without broadcast experience – she talked her way into a job as a reporter at a Memphis television station.

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