CNR History Professor Wins Emmy as Contributor to NBC's Olympic Coverage


Dr. Amy Bass, Professor of History and director of the Honors Program, has won an Emmy Award as a member of the NBC team that broadcast the 2012 London Olympics.

Bass' work in London as supervisor of the network's Olympic Research Room helped NBC win the Emmy for Outstanding Live Event Turnaround. The Research Room provided background information and monitored breaking stories for the broadcast of the Games.

NBC Sports Group won 11 Emmys, which were announced May 7 at the 34th Annual Sports Emmy Awards. Five were for coverage of the Olympics.

London marked the eighth Olympics that Bass has worked for NBC. An internationally recognized expert on the interdisciplinary study of sports, Bass’s first book, "Not the Triumph but the Struggle: The 1968 Olympic Games and the Making of the Black Athlete,"  is considered a standard bearer for those interested in writing about sports from a cultural perspective.

Bass' edited collection, "In the Game: Race, Identity, and Sports in the 20th Century," solidified that reputation.  Her most recent work, "Those About Him Remained Silent: The Battle Over W.E.B. Du Bois," on the culture of civil rights struggles and memory, recently received an Honorable Mention from the National Council on Public History. She edits her own book series, "Sporting," with Temple University Press.
At The College of New Rochelle, Bass teaches a course titled "Race, Sport, and Society," which brings many of her Olympic experiences into the classroom. Just this semester, she advised an Honors colloquium project on the role of sports in the Cold War, with a particular focus on the U.S. hockey team's victory over the Soviet Union in Lake Placid in 1980, the so-called Miracle on Ice.
Bass received a Ph.D. with distinction in history from Stony Brook University, and is a graduate of Bates College.

(Photo: Dr. Amy Bass at Olympic Park in London.)