Governor of New York. Andrew Cuomo will receive the International Emmy Founder Award for effective communication and leadership during the COVID-19 epidemic, the International Academy of Sciences announced Friday.
The award is being given for the use of Quimo’s television and for providing a sense of peace to viewers. Each iteration of the award honors an individual for his or her ability to transcend cultural divisions in connecting with “common humanity”.
“The governor’s 111 daily briefings worked so well because he effectively created television shows, including characters, plot lines and success and failure stories,” said Bruce L. Pasner, president and CEO of the International Academy. “People around the world came forward to find out what’s going on, and New York has become a symbol of determination to fight hard.”
The first of his first briefings came on March 2 as part of a broadcast with other leaders in New York when the coronavirus epidemic began to find its way into the United States, but Kuomo’s discussion continued until June. The final briefing took place on June 19, with CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and other local and national stations bringing its messages to a tuned audience with a total of about 59 million viewers.
Although his briefings were often to educate and inform New Yorkers, they also reached out to his wider audience who benefited from his series of briefings.
Quimo has been governor of New York since 2010. He was re-elected in both 2014 and 2018, and held the position of New York State Attorney General before taking office. He was also Secretary of Housing and Urban Development for President Clinton.
Others honored with the Founder’s Award include Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, JJ. Learn Abrams and Norman.