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AMEE Awards 2008

Posted January 28, 2008

AFTRA Honors Trio of Talented TV Greats Sam Donaldson, Susan Lucci, and Maureen McGovern with 2008 AFTRA Media and Entertainment Excellence Awards

Broadcast news correspondent and AFTRA National Board member David Browde presented the AMEE in broadcasting to Sam Donaldson. The veteran journalist said, “Thank you for this incredible award. I don't deserve it, but I'll try to live up to it. Words cannot express the debt of gratitude I owe to this union, my union. From local radio to primetime television, from state legislatures to Captiol Hill, broadcasters, recording artists, and actors could have no better advocate than AFTRA.”

Sam Donaldson, a 40-year ABC News veteran, served two appointments as chief White House correspondent, covering Presidents Carter, Reagan, and Clinton. Donaldson also co-anchored, with Diane Sawyer, PrimeTime Live from August 1989, until it merged with 20/20 in 1999. He co-anchored the ABC News

Maureen McGovern's career spans 36 years, including recordings, concerts, Broadway, films, television, radio, and composing, all with a voice that defies categorization. Having recorded more than 25 albums, her recording career began with her Oscar-winning International Gold Record "The Morning After" from the blockbuster film The Poseidon Adventure, followed by a second Oscar-winning International Gold Record "We May Never Love Like This Again" from the film The Towering Inferno. Maureen received Grammy nominations for Best New Artist and for her "The Pleasure of His Company" CD. She was also Grammy Awarded for her participation in "Songs from the Neighborhood: The Music of Mister Rogers." Maureen's television roles include appearances on One Life to Live, The Tracey Ullman Show, Pacific Blue, Duckman, and Beyond Belief—and over 25 years of performances on musical variety and concert telecasts for PBS, A&E;, and BBC.


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