Public TV Leads List of News Emmy Nominees

Beleaguered “CBS Evening News” anchor Katie Couric has earned a News Emmy nomination for her first “60 Minutes” piece, about health problems among workers at Ground Zero after the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.

Programming seen on public broadcasting stations led the list with 22 nominations. CBS was second with 19 nominations, 12 of them for “60 Minutes” stories. ABC racked up 15 nominations, with five going to investigative reports by Brian Ross. Nine of NBC’s 14 nominations were for work that appeared on “NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams.”

One of Couric’s CBS predecessors, Dan Rather, earned a nomination for an installment of his HDnet series, “Dan Rather Reports.”

Ann Curry registered three times on the list of nominations for News & Documentary Emmys announced Tuesday by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, for reporting from Darfur, reporting from the scene of the Amish school shootings in Pennsylvania, and for her “Dateline NBC” report “Terror in the Classroom.”

ABC’s “Nightline” also was nominated for its coverage of the Amish slayings.

Curry’s “Today” colleague Matt Lauer also made the list of nominees for a “Dateline NBC” report titled “Rescue on Top of the World.”

“Good Morning America” co-host Diane Sawyer was nominated for her “20/20” special on domestic abuse and, with colleagues Chris Cuomo and Cynthia McFadden, for reporting on children in foster care.

Among cable networks, CNN and HBO earned six nominations each. Cinemax, Discovery and History Channel earned five each.

Two nominations each were claimed by WE tv, Animal Planet and Discovery HD Theater. Discovery Times, Documentary Channel, HDNet, Discovery en Espanol, Court TV, VH1 and Travel Channel earned one apiece.

The competition includes 32 categories, including regional and four new broadband categories in which the nominations were announced last week.

The 27th annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards will be handed out Sept. 24 in a ceremony at New York’s Marriott Marquis Hotel.

A detailed list of nominees can be found at

(Editor: Horowitz)

Comments (3)

Alan R. Levy:

If PBS led with 22 nominations, why not mention some of them? If you mention Katie C, why not at least mention some of the PBS shows. After all, their news budgets and salaries are not nearly as competitive as NBC, CBS, ABC etc. I think it might say something about substance over style.

But I guess I'll check out the NATAS web site for more info.

BTW: Why nat add PBS to your web tags?


was the programming from local PBS stations or national (i.e. NewshOur of Frontline?)

(btw: Frontline has been AMAZING this year. And you can watch all of them your convenience)

i agree with A. Levy.
Why no links to PBS sites?

What PBS shows were nominated? Why the shaft?

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