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Actor Gary Sinise wins Gabriel Personal Achievement Award

By  Catholic News Service
  • June 29, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS - Actor Gary Sinise, a Catholic actor who stars in the TV drama "CSI: New York" but who is perhaps best known for his role as Lt. Dan in the 1994 film "Forrest Gump," received the Gabriel Personal Achievement Award, presented by the Catholic Academy of Communication Arts Professionals.

Sinise, who was not on hand to receive the award, donates much of his time to entertaining the troops in Iraq and is co-founder of the nonprofit charity Operation Iraqi Children, which provides schoolchildren with basic school supplies.

The lifetime achievement award was announced at a banquet June 21 in Indianapolis at the Catholic Media Conference. Dozens of Gabriels winners in film, television and radio, and Spanish-language media also were announced that evening.

At a luncheon the next day, Frank Morock, president of the Catholic Academy, received the President's Medallion from academy members. Morock is director of communications for the Diocese of Raleigh, N.C., and hosts the diocese's weekly television program "Catholic Perspective."

Among the winners of the Gabriels were CatholicTV in the Archdiocese of Boston and EWTN Global Catholic Network based in Irondale, Ala., who shared the Religious TV Station of the Year.

The Gabriels' Secular Television Station of the Year was WCVB in Boston, with WBRC in Birmingham, Ala., winning a certificate of merit. WBVM-FM in Tampa, Fla., won the Gabriels' Religious Radio Station of the Year prize.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. and its TV, radio and French-language affiliates took nine prizes at this year's Gabriels, the 47th annual awards.

Film winners were "The Mighty Macs" in the family film category, "The Way" in the drama category, and "The Last Mountain" in the documentary category.

Television winners of Gabriels included:

-- Entertainment, national release: "The Sunset Limited," HBO.

-- Entertainment, local release: "Mass Confusion," CatholicTV.

-- Arts, national release: "Panes of Glory," Salt + Light Television, Toronto.

-- Arts, local release: "Solo: The Mighty Popo," CBC Ottawa.

-- Documentary, national release: "Serving Life," Odyssey Networks, New York.

-- Documentary, local release: "Standing Bear's Footsteps," NET Television, Lincoln, Neb.

-- Short Feature, national release: "Freedom Riders," CBC Societe Radio-Canada; "Wounded Soldiers Center" by "Religion and Ethics NewsWeekly" WNET, New York, won a certificate of merit.

-- Short Feature, markets 1-25: "Land of 10,000 Stories," KARE, Minneapolis; "A Plea for Help" from CBC British Columbia won a certificate of merit.

-- Short Feature, local markets 26-up: "The Perfect Gift," KTUU, Anchorage, Alaska.

-- Children's, national release: "The Way of the Cross for Kids," EWTN.

-- Religious, national release: "Saints Alive!: Saint Robert Bellarmine," episode 1, EWTN and Arcadia Films; "You Will See" from Family Theater Productions, Hollywood, won a certificate of merit.

-- Religious, local release: "Too Young to Die: Grieving Teenagers," Diocese of Trenton, N.J., Department of Radio & Television.

-- Ecumenical & Interreligious, national release: "The Asian & Abrahamic Religions: A Divine Encounter in America," Auteur Productions and Connecticut Public Television National Programs.

-- News & Informational, national release: "The Fifth Estate: Stories from the River's Edge," CBC Television.

-- Single News Story Series, national release: "Connect with Mark Kelley: Hard Time -- Journey to Redemption," CBC News Network.

-- Community Awareness and/or PSA, national release: "Faith in You," Foundation for a Better Life.

-- Community Awareness and/or PSA, local release: "Seven's Heroes," KTVB, Boise, Idaho; "Heroes From The Heart of Virginia" from WSET, Lynchburg, Va., won a certificate of merit.

Gabriels awarded for radio included:

-- Entertainment, local release: "God With Us -- The Pardoning Word," St. Luke Lutheran Church and School for WORD-FM, Pittsburgh.

-- Arts, national release: "Definitely Not the Opera : The Power of Music," CBC Radio One.

-- Arts, local release: "The Witches of Lublin," SueMedia Productions, Hempstead, N.Y.; "The Journey from Within" from WVXU-FM, Cincinnati, won a certificate of merit.

-- Documentary, national release: "Two Enemies, One Heart," Radio Netherlands Worldwide's "The State We're In."

-- Documentary, local release: "The Legacy of Massive Resistance," the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities' "With Good Reason."

-- Short Feature, local release: "Art Your Hands Can See," WQCS-FM, Vero Beach, Fla.

-- Ecumenical & Interreligious, Local Release: "Where is God: Inside the Walls of ZCI," WBVM-FM.

-- News and Informational, national release: "Resolve," CBC Radio; "C'est la Vie: Serge Denoncourt and the Roma" from CBC Radio One won a certificate of merit.

-- News and Informational, local release: "Learning the Path," CBC Radio, Edmonton.

-- Single News Story Series, national release: "Unlocking Lost Memories," National Public Radio's "All Things Considered."

-- Single News Story Series, local release: "LIFT: 50 Years Teaching Adults to Read," KERA-FM, Dallas.

-- Community Awareness and/or PSA, national release: "Mission Lessons, Volume Nine," National Office of the Pontifical Mission Societies.

Spanish-language Gabriels winners:

-- Religious, national or local release: "Kino 300 Anos (Kino 300 Years)," KTVW Univision, Phoenix.

-- News/Informational, less than 15 minutes, national or local TV release: "El Coronel Salvador," KMEX, Los Angeles, and "Misionero Del Siglo XXI (21st Century Missionary)," KTVW.

-- Community Awareness and/or PSA, national release: "Es el Momento (The Moment is Now)" education campaign, Univision Communications, Miami; "El Cemento" from the Foundation for a Better Life won a certificate of merit.

-- Community Awareness and/or PSA, local release: "Es el Momento (The Moment is Now)" education campaign, WLTV, Miami.

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