National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Medallion

National Television and Science Medallion

Date Made: ca. 1960

Medium: Gold plated metal

Dimensions: diameter: 3 in.

This Emmy Award medallion was presented to President Kennedy as a "Token of admiration and esteem" for his participation in the first-ever live televised presidential debates during the 1960 election. It is engraved with this inscription on the reverse: "Presented as a token of admiration and esteem to President John Fitzgerald Kennedy for restoring to the American people the spirit of the Lincoln and Douglas debates and in the vastly wider area of communication afforded by television and at a time when the need for national unity and understanding was never more vital".