AFTRA to honor Donaldson, Lucci

'AMEES' also fete singer Maureen McGovern

The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists has picked journalist Sam Donaldson, soap star Susan Lucci and singer Maureen McGovern to receive its 2008 Media and Entertainment Excellence awards.

ABC news vet Donaldson has covered three presidents as the network’s White House correspondent, spent a decade co-anchoring “Primetime Live” with Diane Sawyer and currently appears on ABC’s digital news network, News Now.

Lucci is known to millions as Erica Kane, from her 38 years on the ABC soap “All My Children.” A perennial Daytime Emmy nominee, Lucci finally snagged the honor in 1999 after 18 nominations.

McGovern will pick up the org’s third award, in honor of her decade-spanning career in music. Following her Oscar-winning song “The Morning After” from “The Poseidon Adventure,” McGovern went on to record 25 albums and has made several TV and Broadway appearances.

AFTRA will hand out its “AMEES” on January 28 at New York City’s Gotham Hall.

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