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Alumnus earns Emmy Award

Producer/director Joel Gallen, a 1979 URI alumnus, won his first Emmy Award for the product of a six-day whirlwind of activities — a program that touched the eyes and hearts of millions. The award recognized Gallen’s gallant effort and achievements in the creation of America: A Tribute to Heroes, a live worldwide television broadcast that raised more than $150 million to benefit the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and attracted 89 million viewers in the U.S. alone. At the tribute’s broadcast, Gallen (second from right) posed with Tom Cruise, Penelope Cruz, George Clooney and Cameron Diaz.

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