Woman One 2013, Honoring Lisa Thomas-Laury, Was Celebrated on April 29, at the Rittenhouse Hotel
May 2, 2013
A versatile news journalist, Thomas-Laury was honored on April 29, 2013, at the Rittenhouse Hotel in Philadelphia as the 11th annual Woman One recipient.
A graduate of Marshall University, Thomas-Laury joined 6ABC in 1978, as noon co-anchor and reporter. In 1983, she became co-anchor of the 5:00 PM weekday newscast. During the 1980's and 90's, she hosted 6ABC's award-winning monthly Public Affairs program, "Fast Forward," and its "Children First" series. Thomas-Laury has covered several political elections as well as the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia in 2000.
She left WPVI in 2003 after being diagnosed with POEMS syndrome, a rare nerve disorder. After undergoing a bone marrow transplant, she returned to 6ABC as a reporter and anchor in 2006.
In 2004 she received the "Braveheart Award" from the local chapter of the NAACP for her dedication to her work and community. She is currently an honorary chairperson for Maternity Care Coalition, an organization that supports mothers in need throughout the Delaware Valley. She was awarded Philadelphia's Liberty Bell Award from the Mayor's Commission on People with Disabilities in 2008.
Lisa Thomas-Laury and WOMAN One were recently mentioned in the Philadelphia Inquirer and on philly.com. The ceremony was also covered on ABC 6's 11:00 news.