New York, N.Y. – October 1, 2014 – The Mercy Ships story was highlighted once again by the CBS 60 Minutes team as they took home the award for Outstanding Feature Story in a News Magazine for their “Africa Mercy” piece. The award was presented at last night’s 35th Annual News and Documentary Emmy® Awards ceremony.
“Congratulations to the entire CBS 60 Minutes team! No one could have done it better. All of us – patients, crew, donors – are most grateful for the excellent telling of the Mercy Ships story,” said Mercy Ships President and Founder Don Stephens.
OUTSTANDING FEATURE STORY IN A NEWS MAGAZINE: CBS 60 Minutes – Africa Mercy
Executive Producer: Jeff Fager
Executive Editor: Bill Owens
Producers: Rachael Kun Morehouse, Henry Schuster
Co-Producer: Warren Lustig
Correspondent: Scott Pelley
Held by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS), the News & Documentary Emmy® Awards were presented at a ceremony at the Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, in New York City. CBS 60 Minutes was a big winner, taking home five awards in total.
The event was attended by more than 900 television and news media industry executives, news and documentary producers, and journalists. Emmy® Awards were presented in 43 categories, including Breaking News, Investigative Reporting, Outstanding Interview, and Best Documentary.
The Africa Mercy story was first featured on CBS 60 Minutes in February 2013. (Watch the entire original winning story here: www.cbsnews.com/videos/africa-mercy-hospital-of-hope).
On September 28th, CBS gave a short Mercy Ships update on the Ebola situation and the selection of Madagascar as the hospital ship’s next destination. (Watch the two-minute update here: www.cbsnews.com/news/update-on-africa-mercy-and-ebola-outbreak).
ABOUT MERCY SHIPS:
Mercy Ships uses hospital ships to deliver free, world-class healthcare services, capacity building and sustainable development to those without access in the developing world. Founded in 1978 by Don and Deyon Stephens, Mercy Ships has worked in more than 70 countries providing services valued at more than $1 billion, treating more than 2.5 million direct beneficiaries. Each year Mercy Ships has more than 1,600 volunteers from more than 40 nations. Professionals including surgeons, dentists, nurses, healthcare trainers, teachers, cooks, seamen, engineers, and agriculturalists donate their time and skills to the effort. Mercy Ships seeks to transform individuals and serve nations one at a time. Learn more about what we do.
For USA: Pauline Rick
US Public Relations Coordinator
Office Tel: (903) 939-7000
Mob: (972) 922-5442
Hi-res photos and general Mercy Ships B-Roll video footage are available upon request.