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Emmy Award Winning WCBS 2 – NY Anchor Maurice DuBois to be Honored at Closing Awards Ceremony

Veteran NYC Newsman and Native Long Islander to be Awarded for his Continued Excellence in Newscasting

New York, NY – Port Jefferson’s own Maurice DuBois, the Emmy award winning news anchor for WCBS-TV in NY, will be awarded the Long Island International Film Expo’s “Excellence in Newscasting” Award on Thursday, July 16th beginning at 7 pm at the historic Bellmore Movies, 222 Pettit Ave, Bellmore, NY during the Closing Awards ceremony of the 23rd Annual event. Actress Katherine Narducci (The Irishman) and Director Jeremiah Kipp (Grave Discoveries) will also be honored that night.


LIIFE is the premiere filmmaker community on Long Island sponsored by the Long Island Film/TV Foundation (LIFTF), the County of Nassau and the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency which shows over 160 short and feature-length films of every genre. This year, LIIFE will be held from July 10 – 16, 2020 and will include local and foreign film screenings, celebrity appearances, entertaining and informative panels, a star-studded awards ceremony, Q & A with filmmakers from the world over and networking galore. 


Festivals of the past have included such luminaries as the late Danny Aiello, Ed Asner, Blue Bloods’ Robert Clohessy and Abigail Hawk, Ralph Macchio, John Amos, Ally Sheedy, 30 Rock’s Kevin Brown, Cathy Moriarty, Steve Buscemi, Ed Burns, William Sadler, Ilene Kristen, and so many more.


Maurice DuBois co-anchors CBS-2 News at 5 and 11. He joined CBS in September 2004. At CBS News, he substitutes as anchor of The CBS Evening News, has reported for 60 Minutes Sports and CBS Sunday Morning, and has hosted CBS This Morning, 48 Hours and CBSN. DuBois has covered everything from local news to national political conventions, to AIDS in South Africa, to Papal transition at the Vatican, to witnessing a double execution. He has anchored numerous live breaking news stories, and moderated debates for New York City Mayor and Congress. He has also hosted multiple specials on topics ranging from kids and violence, to breast cancer, to ticker-tape parades and telethons. 


A Long Island native, DuBois spent seven years at WNBC-TV before joining CBS. At NBC News, he appeared on “Today,” “Weekend Today,” “Dateline NBC,” MSNBC and NBC “News at Sunrise.” While at WNBC-TV, DuBois also hosted “Four Stories,” a magazine profiling local heroes; he also hosted Court-TV’s “Mind over Media,” for students to understand media images. Previously, DuBois worked in Chicago and Sacramento. He began his career in 1987 at KING-TV in Seattle as a desk assistant before moving to reporting.


He’s also appeared as – what else? – a news anchor, on CBS’s hit drama Person of Interest, and the feature films Soul Men and Kick Ass.


DuBois has won several journalism and community awards, including five Emmys. He has also won honors from The Associated Press, The New York State Broadcasters Association, and The New York Association of Black Journalists, which recognized him as a Trailblazer.


He serves on the non-profit board of NY City Center, and previously served at PENCIL, Susan G. Komen for the Cure/NYC, and The Northside Center for Child Development. DuBois is a graduate of Northwestern University, has four Honorary PhDs, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and two sons.


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Cut-off date for submission is March 3. Categories include shorts, features, documentaries, student films, animations, Long Island, foreign films, music videos, trailers, webisodes/TV and screenplays and their new horror category.


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PLUS – “Scared for Your LIIFE”, the Long Island Film-TV Foundation’s short horror film festival heading into its fourth year, will also be accepting submissions beginning on March 13th, 2020 for its October 2020 Festival.


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(Alumni discounts are available for past LIIFErs by emailing


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