Quinta Brunson to be honored by Temple University

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“Abbott Elementary” creator, showrunner and star Quinta Brunson plays second-grade teacher Janine Teagues on the mockumentary series. [ABC photo]

Recent Primetime Emmy Award winner Quinta Brunson will be honored this spring with the 2024 Lew Klein Excellence in the Media Award from Temple University’s Klein College of Media and Communication in Philadelphia.

The award, inspired by the legacy of media educator and broadcast pioneer Lew Klein, is presented annually to a media luminary whose work inspires students, according to a news release.

Past recipients include Oscar- and Grammy-winning musician and producer Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, actor and producer Tina Fey, sports icon Charles Barkley, CNN anchor Jake Tapper and New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet.

A Philadelphia native, Brunson will receive the award May 7 at the Lew Klein Alumni in the Media Awards banquet. The ceremony also will include the induction of five prominent Klein College alumni into the college’s Alumni Hall of Fame and the presentation of the “Rising Star” award to a younger alumnus.

A writer, producer and actor, Brunson’s work is known for its creativity, humor and cultural resonance and has made her a significant figure in the entertainment industry.

The creator, showrunner, executive producer, co-writer and star of the ABC comedy “Abbott Elementary,” she recently made history as the first Black woman to win the Primetime Emmy for best actress in a comedy series  in more than 40 years. Brunson is just the second Black woman to win in the category, after Isabel Sanford for “The Jeffersons” in 1981.

Brunson attended Klein College and got her start on Temple University Television’s (TUTV) first student-produced comedy-variety show, “Temple Smash,” before heading to Southern California.

“We are thrilled to welcome Quinta back to her hometown and to Temple,” said Klein College Dean David Boardman in a statement. “She is not only a talented entertainer and media figure, she is a powerful advocate for public education.”

Along with accepting the award, Brunson will participate in May in a panel discussion and conversation with students at her alma mater.


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