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Robin Roberts Receives Walter Cronkite Award

RobinRobertsCronkite“Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts accepted the 2014 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism today.

The award, presented by Arizona State University, recognizes a journalist who embodies the values of the school’s namesake.

Instead of giving a speech, Roberts was interviewed by Cronkite students Analise Ortiz and Megan Thompson (below) in front of 1,100 luncheon attendees. On Sunday, Roberts toured the Cronkite School and spoke to 200 students during a Q&A session.

“I had a quick tour of the facility — wow — you are so blessed, so fortunate. I hope you know that,” said Roberts who also watched part of the school’s newscast. “To have the hands-on experience that you are receiving is paramount,” she said.

Cronkite was a fixture at the luncheons until his death in 2009. Previous honorees include CBS’s Bob Schieffer, CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, NBC’s Brian Williams, and Robert MacNeil and Jim Lehrer, longtime anchors of PBS’s “The MacNeil/Lehrer Report.”

’48 Hours’ Editor Beats Out 5 ’60 Minutes’ Colleagues, and They Couldn’t Be Prouder

CBSEmmyBefore last night’s News and Documentary Emmy Awards “48 Hours” editor Doreen Schechter got a bouquet of flowers and well wishes from her fellow nominees: five men, all colleagues who are editors on “60 Minutes.”

“Good luck, we’re all rooting for you,” the card read.

Well, it seems to have worked. Schechter, a 32-year CBS News veteran, picked up her first Emmy last night for Outstanding News Editing for an episode of the 6-part “Brooklyn DA” series produced by “48 Hours.”

The “60 Minutes” editors are said to be “over the moon” that Schechter won. So is her 89-year-old father Harvey Schechter, who made it to the Lincoln Center event last night in his tuxedo.

CBS News, PBS Score Big at News and Documentary Emmys

EmmysPBS and CBS News were the big winners at last night’s News and Documentary Emmys at the Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York City.

PBS took home 11 Emmys while CBS won 10. ABC News won three; NBC News and BBC News two, and CNN and Al Jazeera America both earned one.

“60 Minutes” was the top single show, winning five Emmys for stories on Africa Mercy; China’s real estate bubble; Guantanamo Bay and Gitmo; imminent danger caused by mental illness, and recyclers making music from trash. The network also took home honors for its Boston Marathon bombing coverage, Charlie Rose‘s interview with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and “Face the Nation’s” coverage of the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination. “48 Hours” won two Emmys for stories on art theft and the manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombing perpetrator.

ABC News’ “Nightline” took home all three trophies for the network. The newsmagazine earned honors for a Brian Ross investigation into fraud in China and U.S. markets, a story about underage prostitution rings in the Philippines; and an investigation into Rio’s drug gangs. NBC News earned honors for specials on the Boston Marathon bombings and “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams‘” reporting on the tornado in Moore, Oklahoma.

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Martin Smith Wins Columbia Journalism School’s 2014 Chancellor Award

MartinSmithVeteran PBS “Frontline” producer Martin Smith has been announced as the winner of Columbia Journalism School’s 2014 Chancellor Award for his “courageous and insightful reporting on some of the most complex stories of our time.”

Past recipients include NBC’s Richard Engel, The New Yorker’s Jane Mayer, and NPR’s Robert Siegel.

Smith has covered the world for 40 years, tracking everything from the rise of Al Qaeda to the global financial crisis. His next documentary, The Rise of ISIS, premieres October 28 on PBS.

The 50 Most Influential LGBT People in Media Are…

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The Advocate is out with its 50 most influential LGBT media figures list. And the top spot drew a tie.

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and TMZ’s Harvey Levin both ranked number one. Levin has been a cable news fixture over the last week in the aftermath of his site exposing elevator footage of Ray Rice hitting his then-fiancee Janay Palmer. ABC’s Robin Roberts, CNN’s Anderson Cooper, CNBC’s Suze Orman, CNN’s Don Lemon, MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts, The Weather Channel’s Sam Champion, MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki, and HLN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell were some of the other TV newsers who made the list.

Read the full list here.

Anthony Bourdain and VICE Each Take Home Outstanding Informational Series Emmy

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In a rare occurrence, there were two winners for Outstanding Informational Series at last night’s Creative Arts Emmy awards.

CNN’s Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown was honored for the second straight year. And this year, VICE on HBO was also presented the award. HBO took home the most awards with 15. NBC was next with 10, including for Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting direction for the Sochi 2014 Opening Ceremony. “The Colbert Report” team took home Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series. And ABC’s “Shark Tank,” which gets a second run on CNBC, won Outstanding Structured Reality Program.

TV News Report Wins Newspaper Guild Award

ABCNewslogoFor the first time ever, a TV news report has been awarded the prestigious Heywood Broun Award, given by the Newspaper Guild.

The ABC News investigative team, along with their partners at Center for Public Integrity are being honored for their report on black lung disease. In March, ABC and CPI  were awarded the 2014 Goldsmith Prize for investigative reporting for the series called Breathless and Burdened.

Previous honorees of the the Heywood Broun Award, which dates to 1941, include Woodward and Bernstein for their 1972 Washington Post reports on the Watergate scandal and the Philadelphia Inquirer for its Donald Barlett and James Steele series on the lost American Dream.

The year-long joint investigation examined how doctors and lawyers, working at the behest of the coal industry, helped defeat benefit claims of coal miners who were sick and dying of black lung disease. The ABC/CPI team explored thousands of previously classified legal filings and went undercover with miners to see first-hand how doctors hired by coal companies conducted their exams.

TV Newsers Land on DC’s Most Beautiful List

50 most beautifulFishbowlDC reports on The Hill’s annual “50 Most Beautiful” people on Capitol Hill list. And this year’s list includes some faces from TV news.

Those making the cut include Fox News’ Bret Baier, CNN’s S.E. Cupp, CBS News’ Nancy Cordes, NBC News’ Kristen Welker, and Al Jazeera America associate producer Simone Perez.

Read the full list of DC’s fresh faces here.

PBS Leads News and Documentary Emmy Nominees

EmmyAwardPBS leads the way with 43 News and Documentary Emmy nominations. CBS News follows close behind with 42. Announced earlier today, the 35th annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards will be presented Tuesday, September 30 at the Frederick P. Rose Hall in the Time Warner Center. ABC News picks up 19 nominations, HBO grabs 15, NBC has 13 and CNN is up for 9 awards.

Awards will be presented in 43 categories, including the first-ever categories for news & documentary programming in Spanish. Univision leads with 5 nominations. Telemundo, CNN en Español and Discovery en Español are also nominated.

William J. Small, CBS News Washington Bureau chief from 1962-1974, and later president of NBC News, will receive the Lifetime Achievement award.

NBC Olympics Nominated for Four Primetime Emmys

LauerVieiraSochiAmong the Emmy nominations announced yesterday, NBC Sports is up for four Creative Arts Emmy nominations for the 2014 Sochi Opening Ceremony. The ceremony, hosted by Matt Lauer, Meredith Vieira and the New Yorker‘s David Remnick, earned nominations for Outstanding Special Class Program, Outstanding Art Direction for a Variety Special, Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Special and Outstanding Technical Direction/Camerawork/Video Control for a Miniseries.

“No single event captures the world’s attention and imagination like an Olympics Opening Ceremony,” said Jim Bell, executive producer of NBC Olympics., who was EP of the Opening Cereomony coverage. “These nominations are a welcome recognition of a job well done by many people at NBC Olympics, and also by our wonderful partners.”

Lauer and Vieira, you’ll recall, also worked overtime during the Sochi games filling in for several days for the ailing Bob Costas during NBC’s primetime telecast. The winners of the 2014 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards will be announced Saturday, August 16.

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