New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will receive an Emmy Founders Award for his “leadership during the Covid19 pandemic & his masterful use of TV to inform and calm people around the world.” Cuomo will receive the award November 23.

From the Emmy Awards:

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo of New York will receive this year’s International Emmy® Founders Award, in recognition of his leadership during the Covid-19 pandemic and his masterful use of television to inform and calm people around the world. The Emmy® will be presented to Governor Cuomo, also a New York Times best-selling author, during the Academy’s live,  International Emmy® Awards show streaming at 11 AM ET, on the Academy’s website www.iemmys.tv, on November 23.

“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,” said International Academy President & CEO, Bruce L. Paisner.  “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.”

On March 2, 2020, New York Governor Cuomo conducted a media briefing from Manhattan to inform and educate New Yorkers and the public at large about the coronavirus outbreak that was just starting to be recognized as a massive public health threat. That 12-minute introduction, part of a 34-minute session with other state leaders, was the first of 111 consecutive daily briefings for New Yorkers and the wider world about the grim progress of the worst pandemic to hit the United States in a century. The briefings were carried live by New York’s local TV stations, nationally on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and other news outlets in the U.S. and around the world.  The last “daily” briefing was held on June 19, 2020. These daily communications have drawn a total of 59 million viewers.

Cuomo is in appropriate company as other award recipients include Vice President Al Gore, Oprah Winfrey, and Steven Spielberg.

We’ve covered Cuomo’s COVID nursing home death debacle many times over along with his other pandemic missteps:

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