Above: Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Jon Stewart share the stage at annual 9/11 Memorial benefit dinner in September.
"The Daily Show" host John Stewart was appointed today to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum's board of directors. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who's chairman of the board, introduced Stewart to the now 48-member board during its quarterly meeting. Stewart thank the mayor, the board and said he would do whatever he could do to help.
As host of the Emmy-award winning “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central, Stewart, a lower Manhattan resident, has long been a voice on 9/11-related matters.
Update: “Luckily for me, it appears as if they’ve done 95 percent of the hard labor on this. So I’m hoping to help in any way I can offer,” Stewart said in a New York Times article.
Read more about Jon Stewart's appointment to the board in a web-exclusive by DNAinfo.com's Julie Shapiro.
In early September 2010, Bloomberg hosted Stewart at the memorial and museum’s annual benefit dinner in lower Manhattan, where Stewart served as master of ceremonies.
Days after the 2001 attacks, Stewart had a memorable TV moment, mixing measured whit with emotional commentary in the opening of his show. In recent months, he gained national attention and praise for his passionate work in dedicating a broadcast to the 9/11 health bill, which President Obama signed into law earlier this month.
Stewart began hosting “The Daily Show” in 1999. Since his arrival, the satire news show has received 36 Emmy Award nominations and won 14 times. Stewart, who is executive producer and writer as well as host, received five Emmy nominations from 2002 to 2008. The show was honored in 2004 by the Television Critics Association by winning Outstanding Achievement in News and Information, edging out traditional news shows in the category.
Stewart joins a board with members who have a life in media and entertainment, including Robert De Niro, Billy Crystal and Jane Rosenthal. The board of directors include victims’ family members, 9/11 survivors, business pioneers and leading philanthropists.
By Michael Frazier, Sr. Communications Manager for the 9/11 Memorial