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Barbara Walters Given Lifetime Achievement at News and Doc Emmys

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TVNewsers flocked to Lincoln Center last night for the 30th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards. In addition to the competitive awards, Barbara Walters was honored with a Lifetime Achievement award.

A tribute to Walters came first from Katie Couric. Then ABC News President David Westin presented the award. “Barbara Walters is a true legend in television news,” Westin said. “Even more special, she keeps on adding to that legend each and every day. It is an honor to present the Lifetime Achievement award to Barbara Walters, but it is even more of a pleasure to give it to such a good friend.”

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The President’s Award went to CNN Productions for their “longstanding commitment to long-form documentaries.” The award was accepted by Jon Klein with Christiane Amanpour and Soledad O’Brien who’ve each hosted documentary series for the network. CNN Productions EP Mark Nelson also accepted.

The biggest network winner was PBS, which was awarded six Emmys. CBS News won five. In a note to the staff this morning, CBS News and Sports president Sean McManus wrote, “The diversity of subject matter for which CBS News won awards is indicative of our strength and leadership in every area of journalism.”

“NBC Nightly News” had a big night, picking up two awards for their Afghanistan coverage and one for breaking coverage of the financial collapse last September. In an internal email, EP Bob Epstein congratulated the staff on their hard work writing, “This is a terrific night for everyone at Nightly and NBC News.”

Other notable winners:

• “CBS Evening News” won an investigative journalism award.
• NBC News won for election night coverage.
• “60 Minutes” won three newsmagazine Emmys.
• “ABC News Primetime” and “Nightline” each won a newsmagazine award.
• “CBS News Sunday Morning” won a feature story Emmy.

You can see the full list of winners here.

Network totals:

ABC: 2 / CBS: 5 / CNN: 1 / NBC: 5 / PBS: 6

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