In April of 2012, the School of Communications at Illinois State University named Gerry as the recipient of their annual Documentary Voice of Conscience Award. During the award ceremony, the school screened Gerry’s film Mud Pies & Kites.


In October of 2011, Gerry’s film The Faces of Poverty was named Best Feature Documentary at the Global Wake-Up Film Festival in Chicago, which is sponsored by the United Nations Association of the United States which promotes the Millennium Development goals of the United Nations. 131 films from 20 nations were screened at the festival. The Faces of Poverty won in a category featuring films that did not specifically address the Millennium Development Goals.


In September of 2003, The University of Dayton presented Mr. Straub with the Daniel J. Kane Religious Communications Award, an annual award given to a person who has made “an outstanding lifetime dedication to gospel values through various forms of Media.”


In 2001, Gerry’s book The Sun and Moon Over Assisi was named the best spirituality hard cover book of the year; the book also garnered third place in the best history book category.


Gerry’s work on behalf of the poor has been acknowledged by three honorary doctorate degrees from St. Bonaventure University (2003), St. Francis University (2006) and Chestnut Hill University (2009).