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NEW YORK: First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton (r.) presented the Matrix Award of New York Women in Communications for broadcasting to NBC "Today" co-anchor Katie Couric.

NEW YORK: New York Women in Communications on April 19 presented its Matrix Awards at a ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria. Recipients of the awards were (l. to r.) Joyce Hergenhan, president, General Electric Co.'s GE Fund; Esther Dyson, chairman, EDventure Holdings; actress Meryl Streep; Nan A. Talese, president, publisher and editorial director, Doubleday's Nan A. Talese unit; Linda Srere, vice chairman and chief client officer, Young & Rubicam; Debby Krenek, editor in chief, Daily News; Dorothy Kalins, editor in chief, Saveur; and NBC broadcast journalist Katie Couric.

NEW YORK: Petersen Publishing tossed a party at the Millennium Hotel during the NFL draft to celebrate the launch of its NFL Insider Magazine. Local NFL stars and executives attending included (l. to r.): Tom Moloney, president-chief operating officer, Emap Petersen; Jason Seymour of the New York Giants; Sara Levinson, president, NFL Properties; Kerry Collins of the New York Giants; James D. Dunning Jr., chairman-CEO, Emap Petersen; and Boomer Esiason, color analyst for ABC's "NFL Monday Night Football."

NEW YORK: Advertising Age held the judging for its annual Best Awards recently at the Millennium Hotel. Industry judges for the competition included (l. to r.): John Gerzema, director of account planning, Fallon McElligott; Chris Clarke, VP-business to business advertising, American Express Co.; Jami Dover, VP-sales and marketing/director-worldwide marketing operations, Intel Corp.; Ron Berger, partner, CEO and creative director, Messner Vetere Berger McNamee Schmetterer/Euro RSCG; Sally Hogshead, creative partner, Robaire & Hogshead; and Neal Tiles, senior VP-marketing, Fox Sports. Steffan Postaer, senior VP-creative director, Leo Burnett USA, and Dwight Garland, VP-advertising, Staples (both not pictured), were also judges.

AUGUSTA, GA.: USA Today hosted advertisers at the Double Eagle Club during the Masters competition at the Augusta National Golf Club. On hand for the golf tournament were (first row, l. to r.): Rob Apatoff, senior VP-advertising, Aetna/U.S. Healthcare; Mary Mahoney, president-CEO, Howard Johnson International; Lori Erdos, VP-advertising sales, USA Today; and Richard Kostyra, president, Media First International; (second row) Jerry Potter, reporter, Terry McIntyre, director-sports marketing, and Carolyn Vesper, senior VP-associate publisher, USA Today; and Steve Cone, president-consumer marketing and

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