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 30th ANNUAL AWARDS AND BENEFIT LUNCHEON

Mistress of Ceremonies

 

Monique Braxton/ REPORTER

Award winning, Emmy-nominated journalist Monique Braxton joined the NBC10 in 2000. Braxton's coverage of breaking news, lead stories and her knack for landing exclusive interviews has made her one of Philadelphia's most respected and credible journalists. From January 2001 to April 2004, she anchored NBC10's Weekend Evening News.  Prior to joining NBC10, Braxton was an anchor and correspondent with MSNBC.  She also anchored NBC’s Sunrise and was a contributing correspondent for Nightly News Weekend.

Notable stories for Monique include live coverage of the Clinton scandal and impeachment, the death of JFK, Jr., plane crashes of Swissair and Egyptair, the rescue and reunion of Elian Gonzalez, and the Kosovo crisis from Aviano Airbase in Italy, and Atlantic Fleet headquarters in Norfolk, VA.

Before joining MSNBC in 1998, Braxton was a freelance reporter at WBAL in Baltimore, Maryland.  Preceding the WBAL news team, she was a weekday morning anchor in Washington, D.C. with NewsChannel 8 Cable Network.  While at NewsChannel 8, Braxton received a 1996 Emmy Nomination for her anchoring, and received the Best Public Affairs Award for her 1996 documentary, “Who We Are: Military.”  Additionally, Braxton received several civic awards for her interviews with national, state and local officials.  From 1989 to 1995, Braxton served as reporter and anchor/bureau chief for WAVY-NBC in Hampton Roads, Virginia.

Braxton graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcasting as well as a Master of Science in Media Management from Virginia Commonwealth University. She was awarded a Graduate Teaching Assistantship at VCU. She has also taught Broadcast Journalism courses at Virginia Union University and Virginia State University.

Braxton has won numerous civic awards including the 2011 Philadelphia Tuskegee Alumni Associations Excellence in Journalism Award, the 2009 Ida B Wells Award from the Willingboro High School Heritage Players, Delta Sigma Theta 30 years of Service Award in 2009, the 2008 NAACP's 100 Influential Black Women in Philadelphia, the 2007 Gimper Award from The Urban Education Fund (Gimpers are those who inspire, excel, are different, those who do a little extra, set sights high, and are dedicated and passionate about excellence). 2007 Humanitarian-Media Award from J & J HipHop Anti-Violence Youth Success Fest, American Women’s Heritage Society ‘Movers & Shakers’ Award in 2007, the Dawn Staley Foundation Community Award in 2006, Delta Sigma Theta 25 years of Service Award in 2004, Minority Women in Business Outstanding Professional Award in 2004, Ebenezer Seventh Day Adventist Church Community Service Award in 2004, US Women’s Chamber of Commerce Award in 2002, 4th Annual Black Executive Corporate Award for Perseverance, and Execution and Success in 2002.

Braxton is a member of several professional organizations: AFTRA, American Association of University Women, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the National Coalition of 100 Black Women and the National Association of Black Journalists. She is also a member of the Radio and Television News Directors Association (RTNDA) and The Links, Incorporated.

Braxton is active in the community with groups such as African American Children’s Book Fair, Asthma Awareness programs, BEBASHI, Career Wardrobe, Family Care Solutions, Sickle Cell Community Advocacy Committee at CHOP, and the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund.

Braxton resides in Montgomery County with her family.

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ABOUT NBC10 PHILADELPHIA

Owned by NBCUniversal, NBC10 Philadelphia / WCAU has been delivering local news, information, and entertainment to the Delaware Valley for over 60 years, serving nearly six million viewers throughout Greater Philadelphia, the Lehigh Valley, southern New Jersey and Delaware.  Viewers turn to NBC10 for the most up-to-date news and breaking news stories of the day, weather, sports and consumer headlines across a variety of platforms, including online at nbc10.com and via mobile and social channels.  Cozi TV, the station’s digital network, offers a full schedule of America’s most beloved and iconic television series, hit movies and original programming.  COZI TV can be seen locally on Comcast 248, Verizon 460 and over-the-air at 10.2.  Other properties of NBC10 include StudioTEN Creative Group, the station’s full-service production facility.

 30th ANNUAL NATIONAL BELL RINGING CEREMONY

Master of Ceremonies


Beasley Reece, CBS-3 SPORTS ANCHOR


Former National Football League Player Beasley Reece became CBS 3’s lead sports anchor in July, 1998.  Reece is a five-time Emmy award winner and has earned 12 Associated Press Awards.

 

In addition to anchoring both CBS 3 and The CW Philly’s weekday sportscasts and serving as sports director, Reece hosts Sunday Kickoff, the station’s football pre-game show and CBS 3 Sports Zone, the station’s popular Sunday night sports program.  Since coming to Philadelphia, Reece has covered everything from Little League to the Pros, but lists his favorite Philly broadcasting experiences as anchoring live from Jacksonville, Florida during the Eagles 2005 appearance at Super Bowl XXXIX and covering the Phillies breathless journey to the World Series Championship in 2008.

After a stellar college football career at the University of North Texas, Reece was drafted by the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys in 1976.  In 1977 Reece moved on to the New York Giants.  During his six and a half highly successful seasons with the Giants, Reece served as the team’s defensive captain and was one of the League’s fastest runners. In 1983, Reece continued his outstanding career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

 

After retiring from the NFL in 1985, Reece began his sports broadcasting career at WTOG-TV in St. Petersburg, Florida as a sports reporter and anchor.    After three years at WTOG, Reece went to WVIT-TV in Hartford, Connecticut where he earned four local Associated Press awards.  He rejoined WTOG as sports director in 1997.

In addition to being an NFL game analyst for many years on NBC and then CBS, Reece also served as a boxing commentator for the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics.

 

Active in the community, Reece has long supported a variety of charities, including the Boy Scouts, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Special Olympics and the American Heart Association.  Reece is an Eagle Scout and on the Board of Directors for the Cradle of Liberty Council. In addition, he hosts the Jersey Shore Boys Scouts Council Golf Tournament and the Urban Promise Golf Tournament, which raises money for youth summer programs in Camden, New Jersey. Reece also serves on the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Sports Congress and is President of the NFL Alumni Philadelphia Chapter.

 

A native of Waco, Texas, Reece is married with two children.  A talented singer who plays classical piano, Reece has also sung the National Anthem at several NFL games and for the Philadelphia 76ers.