CNN announced today in a press release that it's inaugural CNN Heroes Award will be presented to The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation for its tireless work in the field of spinal cord injuries. Click here for full text
From May 1 through September, CNN Worldwide has featured everyday heroes across its television networks, digital services and at www.CNN.com/Heroes, encouraging viewers to submit and nominate local heroes they deem deserving of recognition as a CNN Hero. For the Dec. 6 gala, honorees will be named in the following categories: “Defending the Planet,” “Fighting for Justice,” “Community Crusader,” “Medical Marvel,” “Championing Children” and “Young Wonder.”
In its first year of the CNN Heroes initiative, CNN received more than 7,000 nominations from viewers in 80 countries, nominating people from more than 90 countries.
Leading up to the global telecast, Headline News will present a special edition of Showbiz Tonight, live from the museum, from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. (ET). Hosted by anchors A.J. Hammer and Brooke Anderson, Showbiz Tonight will feature profiles of CNN heroes, compelling stories of celebrities who have taken up the cause of real-life heroes around the work and live interviews with stars arriving for the tribute, including a special appearance by Masi Oka of the hit NBC show Heroes.