National Capital Chapter

Washington’s Top Communications Work Honored at 52nd Annual National Capital Excellence in Communications Awards

ICF Next and CDC Diabetes Alert Day 2019®: Reaching Multicultural Audiences Takes ‘Best in Show;’ Edelman’s Osborne Ross and American University’s Puglisi Inducted into the National Capital PR Hall of Fame

WASHINGTON, DC (Dec. 3, 2020) — The Public Relations Society of America National Capital Chapter (PRSA NCC) held its 52nd Annual National Capital Excellence in Communication Awards (ECAs) virtually on Dec. 2, drawing more than 150 industry professionals. The event honored the top communications programs, products and campaigns in the greater Washington area, and the year’s National Capital Public Relations Hall of Fame inductees: Lisa Osborne Ross, U.S. chief operating officer and president of the Washington office for Edelman, and Gemma Puglisi, an award-winning media strategist, former journalist, author and assistant professor of public communication at American University.

Local media personality Sarah Fraser, TV host, podcast host of The Sarah Fraser Show and former radio personality, served as emcee for the evening, which ended with a special virtual concert to support the local arts and music community.

PRSA NCC presented a total of 14 ECAs and four Certificates of Excellence, selected by an experienced and reputable panel of judges who meticulously scored and reviewed entries against RPIE standards. ICF Next on behalf of the CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program took home multiple awards for its campaign Diabetes Alert Day 2019®: Reaching Multicultural Audiences, including the year’s top honor of Best in Show. 

“This year’s winners showcase the most innovative, strategic and exemplary work in communications,” said Lisa Kiefer, president of PRSA NCC and managing director of client services at Morning Consult. “This year’s winners not only join the ranks of the most outstanding communications work in the region, but they also serve as the inaugural winners under the rebranded Excellence in Communication Awards name. On behalf of the PRSA National Capital Chapter, congratulations to all our award winners, National Capital Public Relations Hall of Fame honorees and everyone who submitted entries this year. We also appreciate the support of all of our sponsors, volunteers, attendees and partner organizations that made this premiere event possible.”

For a comprehensive list of all National Capital Excellence in Communication categories and winners, visit .

Sponsors for the evening included Hall of Fame Award Sponsor, AARP; Awards Host Sponsor, the American University School of Communication; Event Sponsor, The Sarah Fraser Show; and Graphic Design sponsor, Julia Tylor. Video production support was provided by StoryQuest Video.

About PRSA’s National Capital Chapter

The PRSA National Capital Chapter (PRSA NCC) is an association of communications professionals in the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. region. As the largest PRSA chapter in the country, NCC advances the local communications profession by fostering collaboration, enhancing knowledge and skills, and creating connections through robust, up-to-date, and inclusive educational, networking, and professional growth opportunities. For more information, please visit, or connect with us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.