He further explained at the time: “Hosting the Scripps National Spelling Bee will be an honor. Like a lot of folks, I look forward to the competition every year and am excited to be a part of this wonderful tradition that celebrates excellence.”

In addition to Burton, several other notable figures and programs will be honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards, including John Aniston, sports journalist Lesley Visser, natural history documentarian Sir David Attenborough, veteran news and political journalist Judy Woodruff, and This Old House, which joins Sesame Street and 60 Minutes as the only programs to receive Lifetime Achievement awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS).

I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again: LeVar Burton is a national treasure who should be protected at all costs and respected and showered with adoration and recognition regularly. An achievement for him feels like an achievement for all of us and that’s honestly a feeling we could all probably use more of.


Congratulations LeVar, you deserve!