Top Women in Alabama Media 2019

Together with locally and nationally recognized female leaders, Business Alabama magazine is showcasing and honoring women in media across Alabama who demonstrate outstanding performance and leadership ability. This program celebrates women in every role of media who are making a difference in their communities.

Keynote speaker Sharyl Attkisson

The 2019 honorees will be recognized at an awards ceremony on November 4 featuring keynote speaker Sharyl Attkisson, a nonpartisan investigative journalist, five-time Emmy Award winner, and recipient of the Edward R. Murrow award for investigative reporting. She is author of two New York Times best sellers: “The Smear: How Shady Political Operatives and Fake News Control What You See, What You Think and How You Vote,” and “Stonewalled.” She is host of the Sunday morning national TV news program, Sinclair’s “Full Measure,” which focuses on investigative and accountability reporting. For 30 years, Attkisson was a correspondent and anchor at CBS News, PBS, CNN and in local news.

Honorees will be profiled in the December issue of Business Alabama magazine, read by thousands of business leaders across the state. The stories will also be posted on and shared via email and social media.

Meet the 2019 Honorees

Honorees were selected by a panel of independent judges from out of state, representing broadcast, publishing and agency affiliations.

Rebecca Arbour, Iheartmedia
Hannah Black, SummitMedia
Susan Britt, Alabama Political Reporter
Anne Cain, Meredith Corporation
Dee Ann Campbell, The Choctaw Sun-Advocate
Chandra Clark, UA College of Communication and Information Sciences
Jennifer Cohron, Daily Mountain Eagle
Ann Collister, Stroh Communications
Glenda Curl, The Wilcox Progressive Era
Tapeka Fennell, Fennell Media Group
Edie Hand, Hand ‘N Hand Entertainment
Sherri Jackson, CBS 42
Bradford Kachelhofer, The Modern Brand Co.
Brenda Ladun, Alabama’s ABC 33/40
Felicia Mason, Alabama Press Association
Carmelita Palmer, IHEART MEDIA
Audrey Pannell, Style Advertising, Inc.
Deborah Pearson, WOOF Radio
Roxanne Richardson, WDJC
Anne Riley, Uptick Marketing
Carrie Rollwagen, Infomedia
Margot Shaw, Flower Magazine
Natalie Smith, SummitMedia
Dawn Taylor, AAF Birmingham
Sharon Tinsley, Alabama Broadcasters Association

Awards Ceremony

Monday, November 4, 2019
Hyatt Regency Wynfrey Hotel Birmingham
6 p.m. – 8 p.m. (doors open 5:30 p.m.)
Dress: Business Professional
Tickets $50


For information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Sheila Wardy at or 205-802-6363 ext. 108.

Top Women in Alabama Media is being presented by Business Alabama magazine, in cooperation with Alabama Advertising Federation, Alabama Broadcasters Association, and Alabama Press Association.