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Gracie Award to WGBH’s Lisa Mullins

WGBH radio anchor Lisa Mullins is set to receive a coveted broadcasting award - shortly after her station substantially reduced her on-air time. In May, Mullins, anchor of PRI’s “The World,’’ will receive a Gracie Award, which honors women in broadcasting, in the category outstanding anchor - news or news magazine. This comes six months after the station reduced her hours by 75 percent for budgetary reasons, she says. Now she’s on the air one week a month instead of weekly. Marco Werman, who previously shared the job equally with her, anchors the other three weeks. Why the change? Folks at WGBH aren’t talking. The show’s executive producer, Andrew Sussman, didn’t return our phone calls. Station vice president Jeanne Hopkins said she could not comment. Senior producer Stephen Snyder, however, had nothing but praise for Mullins. “She’s an amazing, amazing anchor,’’ he said. “She’s also got a great heart and is a very smart journalist. We’re lucky to have her.’’ Mullins will pick up her prize at a gala in Beverly Hills hosted by Angela Kinsey of “The Office.’’ “It’s an honor to receive the Gracie Award, which reflects the talents of the terrific team at ‘The World,’ ’’ Mullins said. “And the Gracie ceremony comes at an auspicious time for job hunting.’’

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