Gov. Cuomo wins Emmy for ‘masterful’ COVID briefings

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo took his daily coronavirus briefing to the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club in Brooklyn on May 28. Kevin P. Coughlin/Office of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo

ALBANY — Love him or hate him, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s daily coronavirus briefings this spring were must-see news.

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And now, New York’s governor has won an International Emmy award for his performances. The Academy credited Cuomo for turning news about an invisible pandemic into made-for-TV drama.

“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.”

The governor acknowledged the award in a Friday afternoon conference call with reporters. He said he’s already taped his acceptance speech for the virtual ceremony, to be held at 11 a.m. Monday and streamed on the International Emmy’s webpage.

“It’s flattering,” Cuomo said. “I accept it on behalf of the people of the state of New York.”

The Academy lauded the governor for “his leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic and his masterful use of television to inform and calm people around the world.”

The daily briefings began March 2 and ended June 19. They often featured the use of PowerPoint presentations and other imagery to communicate the raw numbers or overall themes.

The Academy noted that roughly 60 million people tuned into Cuomo’s briefings, which were streamed on social media platforms and broadcast by TV news networks.

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NYS has had the most deaths of any state, some ‘Leadership’. Cuomo the same leader who begged for more and more ventilators, while he refused to use the hundreds he had in storage, essentially depriving other states of equipment they actually needed. Plus he had to gave a hospital ship, that wasn't needed. It's unfortunate that the thousands of dead elderly people who died in the nursing homes aren't around to congratulate him on his award. Maybe they could have a ‘In Memoriam’ section. This is REALLY sick. Hmmm, I guess I’m one of those bloggers. Who would have predicted that?


A lot of what happens in our lives we have control over if we so choose. Governor Cuomo helped us to control Covid-19 for the betterment of all. Thank you Governor Cuomo and fellow citizens who choose to be wise and do what they can to control Covid- 19 and show respect for all the essential workers who are risking their lives for us.


The sessions were well run...informative...based on data/science..enjoyed when he included his daughter.. Not suggesting I agree with his position on other issues... but the briefings were impressive. It's predictable bloggers will trash different than others trashing POTUS.... We'd all do better understanding our country is made up of different opinions by design...and that doesn't make any of us makes us Americans...


There was a little language at the end of your post that might be because you appear to be getting your way in the presidential election. Where was that sentiment for 4 years? I'm glad I hear it now. Its better than the venom from the "dance on Trumps grave" crowd.

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