Lee receives CCASA 2021 Media Excellence award

Southern Ute tribal elder, San Jean Burch displayed red signs and cutouts of red dresses in her front yard in 2019 to raise awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW); the red dresses are a symbol of awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.
McKayla Lee | SU Drum archive

The Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA) is pleased to announce that Drum Reporter/Photographer McKayla Lee has been selected as the recipient of the 2021 Media Excellence Award. The Media Excellence Award is given annually and recognizes individual or organizational dedication to dispelling myths about sexual violence, breaking the silence surrounding this crime, and providing survivor-centered coverage of sexual violence and related topics. 

Lee was nominated by Kelsey Lansing, Cultural Outreach Coordinator at Sexual Assault Services Organization (SASO), Durango, Colo. Ms. Lansing spoke highly of Lee’s ongoing commitment to exceptional work to promote awareness about sexual violence, its impact, and hope for healing for survivors. 

“We thank you for your exceptional work and are pleased to be able to recognize your commitment to sexual violence awareness in journalism and media,” said Brie Franklin, Executive Director, Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault. 

The 2021 Media Excellence Award will be presented publicly at CCASA’s annual Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) Kick-off Virtual Event, taking place on Friday, April 2 from 1 – 2 p.m. We hope you will be able to join us at this event to present you with CCASA’s 2021 Media Excellence Award. Please contact Agueda Morgan, Associate Director, at 303-261-5951 or agueda@ccasa.org for details.  


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