“None of us should be satisfied by what we have done. We should be excited by what we can and will do.” — Rupert Murdoch

News Corp Executive Chairman Rupert Murdoch believes strongly in the power of education to open doors of opportunity for disadvantaged youth and in the link between innovation and the creation of 21st century jobs.

The Murdoch Community Hero Awards are a reflection of those ideals and were created to recognize leaders of charitable organizations who have been effective while taking fresh and practical approaches.



Eshauna Smith is the CEO of Urban Alliance, a national organization dedicated to employing high school students through paid year-round internships and supporting them to lead lives of economic self-sufficiency. Ms. Smith joined Urban Alliance in 2013 as President and became national CEO a year later, only the fourth in the organization’s 20 year history. Today, she focuses on building Urban Alliance’s results-oriented, data-driven approach and increasing its national presence. Prior to joining Urban Alliance, Ms. Smith was Senior Policy Advisor for Disconnected Youth and Workforce Development in the DC Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education and served as the founding Executive Director of the DC Alliance of Youth Advocates, a coalition of over 100 youth-serving organizations. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a Masters of Public Affairs from the University of Texas, Austin. VISIT WEBSITE


Since 1996, Urban Alliance has provided more than 18,000 students with skills training and more than 4,000 with paid internships across four regions.

News Corp’s investment will support Urban Alliance’s partnership with Martha’s Table to offer workforce readiness training and paid internships to high school students in southeast Washington, D.C.

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