35th Annual News and Documentary Emmy® Awards were announced by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS). The News & Documentary Emmy® Awards were presented last night at a ceremony at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in the Time Warner Center in New York City.
The event was attended by more than 900 television and news media industry executives, news and documentary producers and journalists. Emmy® Awards were presented in 43 categories, including the first-ever categories reserved for news & documentary programming in Spanish.
“The journalists and documentarians we pay tribute to this evening are our eyes and ears across the globe, bringing back the stories that affect each and every one of us,” said NATAS Chairman Chuck Dages. “Whether, an investigative special, a breaking news report, or a documentary on a pressing social or political issue, these are the stories we tune in to each night to be better informed and to guide us in this rapidly changing and politically volatile world. I can’t think of more important work than what tonight’s nominees represent. On behalf of the National Academy, we wish to congratulate all of them for their outstanding contribution to the art of broadcast journalism”
William J. Small, the legendary CBS News Washington Bureau chief from 1962-1974, and later President of NBC News, President of United Press International, Dean of Fordham’s Graduate School of Business, and Chairman of News & Documentary at the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS), received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement award. Mr. Small built the CBS Washington bureau into a journalistic powerhouse, and oversaw distinguished coverage of some of the most important and historic events of the second half of the twentieth century: The assassination and funeral of John F. Kennedy; the Civil Rights Movement including the March on Washington and the filibuster of the 1964 Civil Rights Act in the Senate; the escalation of the war in Vietnam and its impact in Washington; President Nixon’s trip to China; and Watergate. “Bill was the CBS News Washington bureau chief during what some have called the ‘glory days’ of television news,” said NATAS Chairman Chuck Dages. “Throughout the 60s and 70s and into the 1980s he was a key figure in the dramatic evolution of network news. Recruiting the likes of Dan Rather, Bob Schieffer, Diane Sawyer, Lesley Stahl, Bill Moyers, and many others, he changed not only who we watched each evening but how.”
This year’s award presenters included: Dan Rather, anchor and managing editor, Dan Rather Reports; Bob Schieffer, CBS News’ Chief Washington Correspondent, and Anchor of Face the Nation; Juju Chang Co-Anchor of ABC News’ Nightline; Teresa Rodriguez, Co-Anchor of Univision’s primetime weekly newsmagazine Aquí y Ahora; Charles Osgood, Anchor of CBS News Sunday Morning; Natalie Morales, Anchor of NBC News’ Today; Jeff Fager, Chairman of CBS News and Executive Producer of 60 Minutes; Cynthia López, Commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment; Amy Entelis, Senior Vice President for Talent and Content Development for CNN Worldwide; Marvin Scott, Senior Correspondent, WPIX-TV, anchor/host of PIX News Close Up, Trustee, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences; N.J. Burkett, award-winning correspondent for New York’s WABC-TV, President of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, New York; Bruce Paisner, President & CEO, The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.