War stories honored at News Emmys

Tue Sep 23, 2008 7:10am BST

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NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - The war in Iraq may seem like it's mostly out of the headlines these days, but it was on the minds of the voters Monday night at the News and Documentary Emmys.

Stories that were honored centered on wounded veterans and their plight back home, a Marine veteran who videotaped the war in Iraq, family members from an infantry unit of the Iowa National Guard and the battle to get body armor on more troops. A "Bill Moyers Journal" installment about how the Iraq war was marketed and the annual "Iraq: Where Things Stand" on ABC News also won awards.

PBS led the networks, and "60 Minutes" was tops among programs.

PBS won 10 awards, including best documentary for the Independent Lens production "Billy Strahorn: Lush Life." CBS took home five, including three for "60 Minutes" and two for "Sunday Morning." ABC News won four, including two for "20/20" and two for "World News With Charles Gibson." National Geographic won three, and Freep.com/Detroit Free Press, History Channel and NBC News' "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams" each won two. One award each went to CFR.org, Discovery Channel, HBO/Cinemax, HDNet/Dan Rather Reports, MercuryNews.com and Smithsonian Channel.

ABC won two awards for its October 2007 coverage of the Southern California wildfires.

Receiving lifetime achievement awards were CBS News veteran Bob Schieffer and documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, as well as the late Tim Russert.

Schieffer was honored for his four decades at CBS News covering Washington and tenures as "Face the Nation" moderator and anchor of the "CBS Evening News."

"Bob has covered everything with clarity, insight, good humor and a keen eye," said his friend and sometime competitor Tom Brokaw.

Schieffer told the journalists assembled that they do important work that's vital to the free and open democracy of the United States.

"Don't take yourself too seriously, but take what you do very seriously, and be proud of what you are doing today," Schieffer said.

Russert's wife, Maureen Orth, and his son, Luke, accepted his award.

The past year has seen the loss of several media luminaries, including Russert and ABC Sports anchor Jim McKay, "Firing Line" host William F. Buckley and "Fox News Sunday" original host Tony Snow. McKay's son, CBS News and Sports president Sean McManus, recalled in brief remarks his father's "integrity, his lack of ego and his love for his family."

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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