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Wolf Blitzer and Barbara Kopple To Receive Lifetime Achievement Awards at 44th Annual News & Documentary Emmys

NATAS has announced that it would honor CNN journalist Wolf Blitzer and filmmaker Barbara Kopple during the 44th Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards, which will take place on September 28. Blitzer is well-known for hosting The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer on CNN for over 18 years, and has been on the network for more than 33 years.

Kopple has won two Academy Awards as a documentary filmmaker for Harlan County, USA, and American Dream, and is the first woman to have won the Oscar in the documentary category twice.

In a statement, NATAS CEO and President Adam Sharp said that “We are thrilled to recognize two icons with Lifetime Achievement Emmy Awards. Wolf Blitzer and Barbara Kopple each continue to enjoy successful careers and have made a deep impact in the world of television journalism  and documentaries. Through their achievements, they have left indelible marks of distinction on the industry.”

On the other hand, Blitzer said that he was “truly honored to receive this esteemed award from the Academy. When Ted Turner hired me, he told me, ‘Wolf, at CNN, the news comes first’ and that has been my guiding light these 33 years and continues to be my advice to young journalists today. I consider myself incredibly fortunate that I still get up every morning and look forward to going to work and reporting the news with some of the smartest people I know. This award is a testament to the hard work and dedication of so many talented journalists whom I have worked with, been mentored by, and learned from during my career.”.

Finally, opple said that she was “deeply moved and honored to receive this recognition. What it means to me is that the many people whose lives I was lucky enough to film will not be forgotten. They are a treasure to us all. There will be more to come.”

Source: NATAS (Press release)

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Written by Maxance Vincent

Maxance Vincent is a freelance film and TV critic, and a recent graduate of a BFA in Film Studies at the Université de Montréal. He is currently finishing a specialization in Video Game Studies, focusing on the psychological effects regarding the critical discourse on violent video games.

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