Albany, New York: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is set to soon receive an International Emmy award for his once-daily televised briefings on the coronavirus pandemic that killed tens of thousands of New Yorkers this northern spring.
The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, whose members include media and entertainment figures from over 60 countries and 500 companies, has announced it plans to present the award to the Democratic Governor in a live-streamed show Monday.
International Academy President & CEO Bruce Paisner said Cuomo was being honoured with the academy’s Founders Award for using his briefings to inform and calm the public. Previous recipients include former vice-president Al Gore, Oprah Winfrey, and director Steven Spielberg.
“The governor’s 111 daily briefings worked so well because he effectively created television shows, with characters, plot lines, and stories of success and failure,” he said. “People around the world tuned in to find out what was going on, and New York tough became a symbol of the determination to fight back.”