New York state Governor Andrew Cuomo is a very polarizing person; residents either love him or hate him, there is very little space in between.  But even his detractors have difficulty deriding his daily press briefings on the Covid-19 pandemic that featured updates on cases, lock downs, and measures being taken to aid in “flattening the curve”.

With international flights bringing in thousands of visitors to the United States, New York was one of the hardest hit areas when the global pandemic hit in March.  Eight months later, Governor Cuomo continues to brief residents of the Empire State on the status of events surrounding the pandemic.

The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences – an organization that includes members from over 60 countries – has announced that they are presenting Governor Cuomo with an International Emmy Award for his daily press briefings.

Cuomo is being honoured with the Founder’s Award; International Academy President and CEO Bruce L. Paisner spoke on their decision saying, “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.  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.”  Paisner added that Cuomo used powerpoint slide shows and at times was even emotional during his briefings.

Cuomo joins previous Award winners former Vice President Al Gore, media mogul Oprah Winfrey, and film director Steven Spielberg.

After the initial surge in positive cases, New York’s number slowly decreased allowing the governor to open the state back up over the summer; but while the numbers are beginning to rise once again as the temperatures drop, they are still considerably smaller than those of last spring.

feature photo credit: By Metropolitan Transportation Authority / Patrick Cashin –, CC BY 2.0,