NY’s Cuomo to receive International Emmy for virus briefings | Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during the daily media briefing at the Office of the Governor of the State of New York

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's daily press briefings during the start of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic have earned him worldwide acclaim.

The Emmy awards are similar to the Academy Awards' Oscars.

The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences will present NY governor Andrew Cuomo with the International Emmy Founders Award for his COVID-19 television updates.

"People around the world tuned in to find out what was going on, and NY tough became a symbol of determination to fight back", International Academy President and CEO Bruce Paisner said in a statement.

Mr Cuomo used more than 100 Powerpoint-driven slideshows and his sometimes emotional, sometimes acerbic style to provide daily updates and detail his administration's efforts to shutter the economy and avoid predictions of as many as 100,000 people hospitalised at once.

New York City became the epicenter of the nation's COVID outbreak this past spring, which lead to a statewide shutdown of schools and businesses and daily news briefings by Cuomo. "People around the world tuned in to find out what was going on, and NY tough became a symbol of the determination to fight back". But by then, thousands of vulnerable New Yorkers had already passed away.

Cuomo's latest recognition shows he's popular beyond American borders.

The Emmys presents its Founder's Award to people who "cross cultural boundaries to touch our common humanity". He'll be presented with the honor at the International Emmys on November 23.

Cuomo is the second member of the family to earn an Emmy; CNN-hosting brother Chris has a News Emmy in his trophy case. Meghan McCain, now on maternity leave from her day job as the resident conservative commentator on ABC's The View, took to Twitter to voice her displeasure.

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