APB Speaker Sonia Manzano to Receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Daytime Emmy Awards

Known for her legendary role as “Maria” on Sesame Street, APB speaker Sonia Manzano will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards.

Manzano will be joining an illustrious group of previous Honorees including Betty White, Oprah Winfrey, Barbara Walters, Dick Clark, Alex Trebek and others. “Her talent both in front of the camera and as a writer, bringing the themes of diversity to a national audience on Sesame Street, is an extraordinary achievement worthy of this well-earned recognition!” said David Michaels, SVP, Daytime (NATAS).

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A first generation Puerto Rican who has touched the lives of millions through her work on Sesame Street, Manzano was raised in the South Bronx where her involvement in the arts was inspired by teachers. An advocate for education, Manzano motivates audiences to follow their dreams. Whether speaking out for literacy, diversity, or addressing the issues children face in our media-saturated life, she is an engaging, informed, and sought-after voice.

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