NATAS Announces 2022 Award Ceremonies, Lifetime Achievement Honorees

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The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) today announced the dates, locations, and Lifetime Achievement honorees for the 2022 Daytime, Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle, News & Documentary, and Children's & Family Emmy® Award ceremonies. 

The Academy had previously announced Lifetime Achievement honorees in Sports and Technology & Engineering but had postponed the presentation of those honors due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All NATAS events are scheduled to return to being in-person this year following virtual ceremonies in 2020 and 2021.  

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2022 will also see the launch of the Children's & Family Emmy Award competition and ceremony — the first competition expansion since 1979 — as part of a previously announced realignment of the Daytime and Primetime Emmys.  These moves recognize a marked increase in children's & family programming and submissions and respond to changing viewer habits by prioritizing content genre over program scheduling.

The 2022 Lifetime Achievement honorees are:
Yvette Kanouff (Television Technology & Engineering) A technology entrepreneur who has been involved in digital transformation worldwide for 25 years, Yvette Kanouff is an entrepreneur who has received numerous industry honors and awards throughout her career. In addition, she holds numerous patents andis an active participant in industry organizations, standards bodies, and leading industry technology efforts.

This Old House (Daytime Television) - The venerable home improvement series joins Sesame Street and 60 Minutes as the only programs — rather than individuals — to receive Lifetime Achievement awards from NATAS.  Like its peers in receiving this honor, This Old House has defined its genre and has become a television mainstay over the course of its 43-year run.

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John Aniston (Daytime Television) - John Aniston, who received a Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in 2017, has been a regular on the "Days of Our Lives" for more than 35 years, portraying the nefarious Victor Kiriakis.  Throughout the years, he has also amassed a robust theater resume both on-and-off-Broadway.

Sir David Attenborough (Documentary Television) - One of the world's preeminent natural history documentarians, Sir David Attenborough is a multiple-time Emmy and BAFTA Award winner.  Attenborough's Life collection, created with the BBC's Natural History Unit, is an unparalleled look into the plants and animals of our planet.

LeVar Burton (Children's & Family Television) - The longtime literacy advocate and host of "Reading Rainbow," who taught a generation about the joys of reading, has won more than 20 Emmy Awards.  Burton currently hosts his own podcast, 'LeVar Burton Reads,' and has a YouTube Series 'This Is My Story' which highlights racism in America.

Lesley Visser (Sports Television) - Trailblazing sports journalist Lesley Visser, who is enshrined in six different halls of fame, is the most highly acclaimed female sportscaster of all time.  She is the only sportscaster, male or female, to have worked on the network broadcasts of the Final Four, the Super Bowl, the NBA Finals, the Olympics, the World Series, the Triple Crown, the World Figure Skating Championship, and the US Open Tennis.

Judy Woodruff (News Television) - A news and political journalist for more than five decades, Judy Woodruff is the anchor and managing editor of the PBS NewsHour. She has served as Washington correspondent for NBC News and PBS and a senior correspondent for both CNN and PBS and reported on every national political convention and presidential campaign since 1976.

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"We look forward to honoring this year's unparalleled class of Lifetime Achievement honorees — each an icon in their craft — and couldn't be more excited to award the first-ever Children's & Family Emmys," said Adam Sharp, President & CEO, NATAS. "After two years of virtual ceremonies, we're overjoyed to once again be together, in-person, to celebrate the best of television." 

The 2022 NATAS awards calendar is as follows: The 73rd Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards - Held Monday, April 25 at the Wynn Encore, Las Vegas - Lifetime Achievement in Television Technology: Yvette Kanouff.

The 43rd Annual Sports Emmy Awards - Tuesday, May 24, 2022 - Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall, New York - Lifetime Achievement in Sports Television: Lesley Visser. 

The 49th Annual Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle Emmy Awards, Saturday, June 18, 2022, Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena - Lifetime Achievement in Daytime Television: "This Old House."

The 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards - Friday, June 24, 2022, Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Pasadena, CA - Lifetime Achievement in Daytime Television: John Aniston.

The 43rd Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards, Wednesday, September 28, 2022 (News), Thursday, September 29, 2022 (Documentary), Palladium Times Square, New York - Lifetime Achievement in Television News: Judy Woodruff, Lifetime Achievement in Documentary Television: Sir David Attenborough. 

The 1st Annual Children's & Family Emmy Awards - Sunday, December 11, 2022 - Wilshire Ebell Theater, Los Angeles - Lifetime Achievement for Children's & Family: LeVar Burton. 


The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) is a service organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational, and technical achievements within the television industry. It recognizes excellence in television with the coveted Emmy Awards for News & Documentary, Sports, Daytime, and Children's & Family programming, as well as achievements in television Technology & Engineering.

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NATAS membership consists of more than 18,000 broadcast and media professionals represented in 19 regional chapters across the country. Beyond awards, NATAS has extensive educational programs including regional student television and its Student Award for Excellence and the National Student Production Awards for outstanding journalistic work by high school students, as well as scholarships, publications, and major activities for both industry professionals and the viewing public.

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