WUSA9's Andrea Roane is one of 11 people inducted into 14th annual DC Hall of Fame Society.


WASHINGTON (WUSA9) ---The celebration underscored decades of hard work. Eleven gamechangers, motivators and role models got inducted into the Washington DC Hall of Fame Society.

WUSA 9 anchor Andrea Roane was honored within the Communications category. The current morning anchor has worked every newscast at the news station. In addition, she also covers news on breast cancer diagnosis, prevention and treatment.

"I want you to know that my parents, Ethel and Frederic Roane, because they believed in me right from the beginning, made sure I had the best education and were the best parents that anyone could ever have," said Roane to the crowd inside Liaison Capitol Hill hotel, Sunday, April 27, 2014.

Roane also thanked her husband, her co-workers and the people who she has interviewed.

"These are the people who helped create a productive, creative, confident and humbled person who is accepting this recognition today."


Dr. Janette Hoston Harris founded the DC Hall of Fame Awards in 1998 to recognize Washingtonians who have moved the needle forward in their professions.

"We love [Roane] because she's in the community, she's raising up the young people, and so to honor her is to honor us and to honor the city," Harris said.

Former DC Mayor Sharon Pratt, the Mistress of Ceremonies, described the award as a way to honor people who make Washington a "world class city."

Wanda Oates received the Legacy Award in Sports for work within the District's public school system.

"I started the athletic program for girls in DCPS. I filed the first Title 9 complaint against DCPS in 1972. And I was also the first boys varsity basketball coach in the Washington Metropolitan Area. And with my assistant, we were the only all female coaching staff in the country."

A panel of judges with more than 30 people decided on the winners this year.


Michele Hagans: Business

Andrea Roane: Communications

Deborah Shore: Civic and Community Development

Lionell Thomas, Cultural Arts

Leonard Upson: Education

Dr. Ronald Ausbrooks: Health

Judge Arthur Burnett, Senior: Law

Anthony Williams: Politics & Government

Reverend Cheryl Sanders: Religion

Wanda Oates: Sports

Patti Grace Smith: Science and Technology

Produced/Written by: Elizabeth Jia

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