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28th Annual Webby Awards May 14, 2024

A Toast to Kara Swisher, the 2024 Webby Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Check out a heartfelt tribute from Kara Swisher's closest friends and collaborators, congratulating her on her incredible achievements.

A tribute to her life’s work, The Webby Awards honored legendary journalist Kara Swisher with a dedicated celebration for receiving the 2024 Webby Lifetime Achievement Award. Hosted at The Standard High Line, it was a fitting toast to her legacy as a veteran journalist reporting on the most important stories across business and technology. Webby Awards President Claire Graves opened the evening, while journalist Don Lemon presented the award, paying homage to her undeniable influence and impact across the media industry.

The celebration featured iconic reporters and media leaders who shaped the industry along with Kara—who all sent in special 5-Word messages congratulating her win. We’ve rounded them in a reel below; watch to hear from heavy hitters like CEO of The Walt Disney Company Bob Iger, Political Leader and Voting Rights Activist Stacey Abrams, CEO of Snap Evan Spiegel, Chairman and Senior Executive of IAC Barry Diller, CEO and Co-Founder of Salesforce Marc Benioff, CEO of VOX Media Jim Bankoff, Activist and Advocate Monica Lewinsky, Public Speaker and Author Brené Brown, Co-founder of the D and Code Conferences Walt Mossberg, Comedian, Actress and Activist Kathy Griffin, Co-host of Pivot Scott Galloway, CEO of The New York Times Company Meredith Levien, Co-CEO of Netflix Ted Sarandos, Journalists and Co-hosts Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie, and award-winning journalist Katie Couric among others.

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A Special Message for Kara Swisher from Bob Iger, Stacey Abrams, Evan Spiegel, Marc Benioff and more. 

As Graves stated during her opening remarks, anyone who is interested in Internet culture follows Kara, listens to her podcast and reads every story she has put out over the past 20 years. Her conversations are the topic of our conversations; from holding powerful leaders’ feet to the fire to the positive role technology should play in our lives. Throughout the years, she has founded digital media companies and conferences – All Things D and Recode to hosting hit podcasts like Pivot and On with Kara Swisher.

Watch her moment and 5-Word Speech, presented by Maggie Haberman.

28th Annual Webby Awards Kara Swisher Reception

Kara Swisher accepting the Lifetime Achievement Award
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Kara Swisher accepting the Lifetime Achievement Award

Journalist Don Lemon presenting to Kara Swisher
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Journalist Don Lemon presenting to Kara Swisher

Claire Graves, Kara Swisher, Don Lemon and David-Michel Davies attend the 28th Annual Webby Awards Kara Swisher Reception
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Claire Graves, Kara Swisher, Don Lemon and David-Michel Davies attend the 28th Annual Webby Awards Kara Swisher Reception

Kara Swisher and Don Lemon attend the 28th Annual Webby Awards Kara Swisher Reception
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Kara Swisher and Don Lemon attend the 28th Annual Webby Awards Kara Swisher Reception

Kara Swisher’s legacy will serve as an inspiration for generations of journalists and tech entrepreneurs across the globe. Her influence on our understanding of the impact of technology on our world is immeasurable. For all these reasons and more, it is our great privilege to honor Kara Swisher with the 2024 Webby Lifetime Achievement Award.

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