Nexstar Announces Mona Highline as its “Remarkable Woman of the Year”
National Winner and Finalists to be Featured on Nexstar’s Local Television Stations in 116 Markets Throughout April, and on Cable News Network, NewsNation, on April 16
IRVING, TX (APRIL 4, 2022) — Nexstar Media Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nexstar Media Group, Inc., (Nasdaq: NXST), announced today that it has named Mona Highline of Grand Junction, Colorado, as the winner of its “Remarkable Woman of the Year” initiative. In recognition of the honor, Ms. Highline will receive $10,000 from the Nexstar Media Charitable Foundation to contribute to the public service organization or charity of her choice.
Now in its fourth year, the nationwide initiative is part of Nexstar’s celebration of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, and is designed to honor the influence that women have had on public policy, social progress, and the quality of life in the United States. Throughout the month of March, Nexstar’s television stations have been spotlighting local women who inspire, lead, and forge the way for other women.
Nexstar’s initiative kicked-off earlier this year, with television stations in the company’s local markets accepting nominations for “Nexstar Woman of the Year.” Based on criteria including community contributions, self-achievement, and family impact, Nexstar received more than 10,000 nominations. The company’s television stations across the country each selected four local women to be considered as that market’s “Remarkable Woman.” Profiles of the top four nominees in each market aired on the local newscasts of Nexstar stations each week throughout March, and the nominees were featured on the stations’ websites.
To celebrate their accomplishments, the winners of the local market competitions were flown to Los Angeles this past weekend where they enjoyed a poolside reception at the Lowes Hollywood Hotel catered by Wolfgang Puck, a tour of Hollywood, and a special “Remarkable Women” presentation at the historic TCL Chinese Theater, where seven women were announced as finalists for “Remarkable Woman of the Year.” In addition to Ms. Highline, the other finalists included:
- Kinna Hodges of Davenport/Quad Cities, Iowa
- Mary Hipp of Greenville/Spartanburg, South Carolina
- Kimberly Clay of Nashville, Tennessee
- Raven Custalow of Richmond, Virginia
- Tanesha Ash-Shakoor of Lansing, Michigan
- LaKesha Stringer of Columbus, Georgia
Yesterday evening, at a dinner and award presentation hosted by television personality Leeza Gibbons and featuring appearances and remarks from Oscar-winning actress and talk show host Jennifer Hudson and author and philanthropist, Cookie Johnson, Ms. Highline was named Nexstar’s 2023 “Remarkable Woman of the Year.” Ms. Highline was recognized for her work with the homeless in Colorado, as founder and executive director of the Joseph Center, a non-profit community outreach center in Grand Junction.
The Center was originally designed to provide homeless families with children a safe place to stay during the day but has expanded since its founding in 2016 and now helps more than 600 at-risk families and individuals annually. The center offers not only shelter and a hot meal, but also provides help with job searches, obtaining disability payments, and applying for housing benefits.
Ms. Highline and the six other finalists will be featured in an hour-long special program airing on Nexstar’s local television stations across the country throughout the month of April, and on Nexstar’s cable news network, NewsNation, on April 16 at 10 a.m. ET.
“Nexstar’s ‘Woman of the Year’ initiative brings together our local communities and takes the recognition of women and their contributions in the workplace, the community, and in the lives of others, to a larger national stage, demonstrating our ability to provide the concept, scale and platform to highlight the untold stories of exceptional women across the country,” said Andrew Alford, Nexstar’s President of Broadcasting. “Giving back to the community is one of Nexstar’s core values and we are honored and humbled to bring the stories of remarkable women everywhere to life.”
Television viewers can learn more about their market’s remarkable women by visiting the website of their local Nexstar television station, which features a special section devoted to the initiative. The website serves as a repository of related stories, videos, and highlights of the remarkable women in their specific local community and contains an interactive map, enabling users to watch videos and learn more about the remarkable women selected from Nexstar’s markets across the country. All of these incredible stories are also available on Nexstar’s social media channels, including Facebook, where the company has more than 30 million followers.
About Nexstar Media Group, Inc.
Nexstar Media Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: NXST) is a leading diversified media company that produces and distributes engaging local and national news, sports and entertainment content across television, streaming and digital platforms, including nearly 300,000 hours of original video content each year. Nexstar owns America’s largest local broadcasting group comprised of top network affiliates, with 200 owned or partner stations in 116 U.S. markets reaching 212 million people. Nexstar’s national television properties include The CW, America’s fifth major broadcast network, NewsNation, America’s fastest-growing national news and entertainment cable network reaching 70 million television homes, popular entertainment multicast networks Antenna TV and Rewind TV, and a 31.3% ownership stake in TV Food Network. The Company’s portfolio of digital assets, including The Hill and BestReviews, are collectively a Top 10 U.S. digital news and information property. In addition to delivering exceptional content and service to our communities, Nexstar provides premium multiplatform and video-on-demand advertising opportunities at scale for businesses and brands seeking to leverage the strong consumer engagement of our compelling content offering. For more information, please visit Nexstar.tv.
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