News Emmy Presenters Announced; Jennings Tribute Planned

Aug 29, 2005  •  Post A Comment

Among the news anchors and correspondents who will present awards at the 26th Annual News and Documentary Emmys Monday, Sept. 19, in New York will be ABC News’ Elizabeth Vargas, CBS News’ Bob Schieffer, Telemundo’s Jose Diaz-Balart, CNN’s Christiane Amanpour and PBS’s Charlie Rose.

According to an announcement Monday from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, which sponsors the ceremony, the late Peter Jennings, who personified ABC News for more than two decades until his death Aug. 7, will “be remembered during the event.”

Sheila Nevins, the president of HBO Documentary and Family, will receive the first lifetime achievement award for a documentarian. Participants in her honor will include Mike Wallace of “60 Minutes”, Rosie O’Donnell, Elaine Stritch, Mary Tyler Moore and filmmaker Lee Grant.

Dan Rather, who returned to full-time correspondent status after stepping down in March after 24 years as anchor of “CBS Evening News,” also will receive a special tribute for his 55-year career. Among those participating in the tribute will be Ted Koppel of ABC News’ “Nightline”; Tom Bettag, the “Nightline” executive producer who was Mr. Rather’s “Evening News” executive producer from 1986 to 1991; former Secretary of Defense William Cohen; MSNBC President Rick Kaplan; and network newsman-turned-academic Marvin Kalb. Tom Brokaw, who left the “NBC Nightly News” anchor desk last November to do long-form reporting, is expected to contribute a video tribute.

Two news awards will be presented on behalf of the International Academy of TV Arts and Sciences at this year’s ceremony in the categories of breaking news and continuing coverage.

Ms. Nevins and Mr. Rather will participate in a panel discussion at Fordham University the morning of the News Emmys ceremony.