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Lily Cummings '20 Wins DEI Category of Heartland Emmy Awards

Lily Cummings '20

Loyola University New Orleans alumna Lily Cummings '20 is an award-winning multimedia journalist and reporter at WWL-TV. During her time at Loyola New Orleans, she worked behind-the-scenes at WWL part-time. Fittingly, WWL or "World Wide Loyola" launched from Marquette Hall on March 31, 1922. 

At the end of her senior year, Lily was chosen as the recipient of the Bonomo Award, which is given to the top communication graduate every year at Loyola. She graduated from Loyola with Magna Cum Laude distinction and Honors and was the first Loyola graduate to win a national Hearst award, placing in the top 10 of the TV News category. This was an esteemed honor on top of others from the Society of Professional Journalists, the LA-MS AP News Editors, and the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters.

While working as a nightside reporter for KTUL-TV in her hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma, she won the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion category of the Heartland Emmy awards for shining a light on the 1921 Booker T. Washington High School yearbook that came out weeks, if not days, before the Tulsa Race Massacre. When she's not on air, she serves on Loyola's Young Alumni Pack Board. She said, "I'm looking forward to connecting young alumni to social, charitable, and professional opportunities in the coming year!"