Hosts Announced

Host 3-Up Image 2The Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Announces Blockbuster Lineup of Talent to Host the 56th Annual Emmy® Awards

Live Awards Ceremony to air Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 7:00 pm on WYCC PBS Chicago Chicago  

The Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) is pleased to announce that this year’s Emmy® Awards ceremony will be hosted by Tamron Hall, a co-host on the Today Show (NBC); Ginger Zee, meteorologist from Good Morning America (ABC); with special celebrity guest host, television and film actor, Larenz Tate, Rush (USA Network), House of Lies (Showtime) and Gun Hill (BET).
The two-hour ceremony will broadcast live on WYCC PBS Chicago from the exquisite Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel in downtown Chicago.

The entire awards ceremony, extending beyond the two hours, can be streamed online. The evening kicks-off with a red carpet event that will also be streamed online followed by a cocktail reception and dinner where multiple Emmy® Awards submitted within the Chapter’s region of Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin will be presented in several categories, recognizing excellence in front of and behind the camera.

“We are beyond excited to bring Larenz, Tamron and Ginger back to Chicago to co-host this year’s ceremony,” NATAS president Marcus Riley says. “The Emmy® Awards recognize excellence in our industry, and this year’s hosts are quintessential examples of individuals who consistently innovate and strive to reach new heights in their individual careers. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for further announcements about high-profile presenters at the ceremony.”

Tamron Hall is co-host for Today’s Take, the 9 am hour of the TODAY Show on NBC and anchors NewsNation, on MSNBC. Launched in 2010, NewsNation features high profile interviews and in-depth coverage of U.S., world and political news. Prior to joining MSNBC in July 2007, Tamron spent 10 years at WFLD in Chicago where she held a number of positions including general assignment reporter, consumer reporter and host of the three-hour Fox News in the Morning program. As correspondent of the NBC News special, The Inauguration of Barack Obama, Hall won an regional Emmy® Award for Outstanding Live Coverage and was nominated for a regional Emmy Award for her consumer report segment, The Bottom Line, which she launched on WFLD in 1999.

Before joining WFLD, Tamron spent four years as a general assignment reporter at KTVT in Dallas and began her broadcasting career at KBTX in Bryan, Texas, as a general assignment reporter. “I am excited to be back in Chicago to honor and recognize the best in our field,” says Hall. “During my 10 years as a reporter and anchor in this great town, I earned and admired the dedication practiced by journalists at my own station as well as the competition. It’s great to be back, and I hope someone brings Giordano’s pizza.”

Ginger Zee is Good Morning America’s chief meteorologist, reporting on the nation’s weather throughout the morning broadcast. Additionally, Zee reports across all ABC News broadcasts and digital platforms serving as chief meteorologist for ABC News. Since joining ABC, Zee has covered almost every major weather event and dozens of historic storms including broadcasts from the devastated Jersey Shore during Hurricane Sandy, the Colorado floods and wildfires, and wreckage from tornados in Moore and El Reno, Oklahoma. Prior to joining ABC News, the Emmy Award-winning meteorologist worked at NBC station WMAQ-Channel 5 in Chicago from 2006-2011, also filling in for several NBC and MSNBC News programs.

Before that assignment, Zee worked at WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids, MI where she part of the Storm Team 8, also covering the environment, science and the impact of weather throughout West Michigan. Zee, who has chased storms since college, began her career at WLAV FM/WXMI in Grand Rapids, Michigan. “I can’t wait to get back to Chicago to co-host the Emmys!,”shares Zee. “I remember the pride of standing on that stage …winning an Emmy® Award and knowing that my work was appreciated. Now I’ll get to watch my former coworkers and friends get the appreciation they deserve for the hard work they put in year round.”

Born and raised on the West Side of Chicago, Larenz Tate is recognized as an actor, writer and activist– recently adding producer and director to his list of accomplishments. Tate is perhaps best known for his groundbreaking role in the cult classic Menace II Society. His feature film credits include Inkwell, Dead Presidents, Why Do Fools
Fall in Love, Love Jones, A Man Apart, Waist Deep and Biker Boyz, among others. Tate also co-starred in the three-time Academy Award-winning film Crash, as well as the film Ray opposite Jamie Foxx and Kerry Washington. Tate currently stars as Dr. Alex, a determined, high-ranking physician at one of Los Angeles’ top hospitals, in USA Network’s medical drama Rush. His television credits include starring roles on Blue Blood and Rescue Me, as well as a recurring arc on the Showtime hit series House of Lies. This past July, Tate starred in the BET movie Gun Hill where he played identical twins, one a cop and the other a con.

In 2012, he made his commercial directorial debut with Conjure Cognac, which starred Ludacris. “Chicago I’m coming home!,” exclaims Tate. “I’m super thrilled to co-host this year’s Emmys, as we honor and celebrate the excellent work of those in our industry. Let the ceremony begin!”

This evening, a full house of television professionals gathered at American Junkie in Chicago to hear the announcement of the 2013-2014 Emmy® nominees. The announcement of the 2015 Chicago Silver Circle inductees — TV professionals with more than 25 years of experience who have made significant contributions to
Chicago broadcasting — will be made during the Emmy® Awards broadcast on Saturday, November 1.

A complete list of 2013-2014 Emmy® nominees is posted online.

Tickets to the awards ceremony can be reserved online as well.