The 38th annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards were held last night, giving out awards in forty-nine categories. Charles Osgood, who stepped down just over a year ago from hosting CBS Sunday Morning, was given a lifetime achievement award and 60 Minutes was given a special tribute to mark its 50th anniversary.
As typical, PBS and CBS, primarily because of 60 Minutes, dominated the field with twelve and nine wins, respectively. Of the broadcast networks, ABC, CBS, and PBS won awards while CNN and MSNBC both picked up trophies for cable news.
CNN’s Why We Go promotional video, which features anchor Wolf Blitzer and international correspondent Nima Elbagir, won the Emmy for Outstanding Promotional Announcement. Anderson Cooper 360 won an award for its coverage of Trump University.
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show won both of the awards for the cable network. One award was for its analysis of the Flint water crisis and another was for Maddow’s interview of Kellyanne Conway.
HBO won three awards, including one for Vice News Tonight.
Chuck Dages, chairman of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS), said in a statement, “It is with great pleasure that the National Academy honors the men and women of the television news and documentary industry who provide us with the in-depth coverage and analysis of events that affect our lives and those around the globe.”
“I can’t think of a time in our recent history when the need for clear and factual reporting was more paramount,” said NATAS CEO and President Bob Mauro. “Tonight, we honor those who are steadfast in their belief that an informed electorate is the cornerstone of our great democracy.”