Burns, Schieffer, Russert feted by org
Ken Burns, Bob Schieffer and the late Tim Russert will be recognized for lifetime achievement when the News and Documentary Emmys are presented in September.
“I am especially pleased that we are paying tribute to Tim Russert,” said Peter Price, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences prexy, in a statement about the “Meet the Press” moderator who died in June. “Tim was the supreme example of a dedicated newsman, admired by his host of friends at NBC and elsewhere for his work ethic, his dedication to first-class journalism and his love of family.”
Burns, pubcasting’s virtuoso documaker (“The Civil War,” “Baseball,” “Jazz” and, most recently, “The War”), has produced more than 20 films in 30 years. Schieffer, CBS News’ chief D.C. correspondent and former “Evening News” anchor, is also host of the Sunday ayem talker “Face the Nation” and has been a staple of the Eye’s news operation for more than 30 years.
Bob Schieffer has “won the admiration of both his fellow professionals and the American public,” said Bill Small, chairman of the News and Documentary Emmy Awards, in a statement. “He is a role model for any aspiring journalist.
“As for Ken Burns, he has for many years set the standard for the very best in longform documentaries in a wide range of subject matter.” The news and docu awards will be presented Sept. 22 at Lincoln Center in New York.