New York Governor Andrew Cuomo won the 2020 International Emmy Founders Award for "his leadership during the Covid-19 pandemic and his masterful use of television to inform and calm people around the world", the International Academy announced on Friday.
The International Academy presents the Founders Award to a person or organization that "crosses cultural boundaries to touch our common humanity."
Cuomo conducted daily press briefings between March 2 and June 19 earlier this year.
"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."
Cuomo will be presented with the award on November 23.
🔦 On Wednesday, Cuomo raised his voice at reporters during a COVID-19 press briefing after being asked if New York schools would be open the next day.