New York Festivals Honors CBS News Senior Executive Producer, Susan Zirinsky with 2013 TV & Film Lifetime Achievement Award

New York Festivals® International Television & Film Awards™ will honor CBS News Senior Executive Producer Susan Zirinsky with its 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Susan Zirinsky, CBS News Senior Executive Producer

Zirinsky, the Senior Executive Producer of CBS News’ broadcast 48 HOURS, will be honored on Tuesday, April 9th at the New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards ceremony taking place at the annual NAB Show in Las Vegas. The NYF Television & Film Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes prominent industry leaders whose accomplishments and contributions have advanced their field and made a lasting impression on the industry. The organization is now in its 56th year of honoring the World’s Best TV Programs & Films™.

“By selecting Susan Zirinsky as the Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, New York Festivals honors a woman whose commitment to broadcast journalism has been paramount, covering the major domestic and international stories of our time,” said Rose Anderson, NYF Television & Film Awards Executive Director. “She’s a producer’s producer whose body of work is an inspiration.”

In addition to her work on 48 HOURS, now in its 25th full season, Zirinsky routinely is the Senior Executive Producer of breaking news specials events for CBS News, including the Aurora, CO theater shooting and the murders at a Newtown, CT elementary school. She has also produced special projects for CBS Entertainment, the CW and Showtime.

Her extensive journalism career has provided her with a front seat to some of the iconic moments in TV news history including the Falklands War, the student uprising in Tiananmen Square, the Gulf War, the invasion of Panama, the election of President Barack Obama, 9/11, The Presidencies of Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan George H. Bush and World Summits in Moscow, Russia Helsinki, Finland; Malta and Iceland.  Zirinsky’s vast body of work includes producing documentaries on fashion, music and the occasional “Person to Person” newsmaker profile specials.

Zirinsky was also the executive producer of CBS News’ historic and award-winning “9/11” broadcast, a riveting documentary that included the only picture of the first plane going into the North Tower of the World Trade Center as well as video footage inside the Towers capturing first responders who would ultimately die in the buildings’ collapse. The documentary garnered an Emmy, a George Foster Peabody Award, A Christopher Award, a Writers Guild of America Award, a Radio-TV News Directors award, and the Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence.   Zirinsky has won multiple Emmy Awards for her body of work.

She is a journalist at heart. Zirinsky began at CBS News as a production clerk and during her tenure at the network, her journalism career has taken her around the world and included everything from politics and sports, celebrities and murders. She has also worked on such broadcasts as the CBS MORNING NEWS, the CBS EVENING NEWS and the newsmagazine EYE To EYE. She has been the Executive Producer of 48 HOURS since 1996.

“We are pleased to be in our third year, hosting NYF’s prestigious Television & Film Awards ceremony at NAB Show,” said NAB Executive Vice President, Conventions and Business Operations, Chris Brown.  “This partnership illustrates NAB Show’s commitment to the content community across all genres and platforms.  News production is a core component of NAB Show and we are thrilled to welcome Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Susan Zirinsky to our program.  We know her extensive knowledge of international production in both the news and entertainment arenas will be an inspiration for the thousands of creative professionals and amateurs who attend each year.”

 The New York Festivals Awards ceremony will shine the spotlight on the 2013 World’s Best TV & Films, as well as present the Lifetime Achievement Award, Broadcaster of the Year, Production Company of the Year, and United Nations Department of Public Information Awards. Award winners and ceremony attendees will have access to the 2013 NAB Show. For more information or to order tickets please visit:


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