Mario Lopez to Host In-Person ‘Celebration of Service to America’ Fete


WASHINGTON, D.C. — A two-time Emmy Award winner, New York Times best-selling author, producer and host has been selected to host the Celebration of Service to America Awards on Tuesday, June 7, at popular Southwest Washington venue The Anthem.

The ceremony, produced by the National Association of Broadcasters Leadership Foundation (NABLF), recognizes local broadcasters’ outstanding service to their communities. The 2022 program will be produced for airing later on television stations across the country.

And, it will see Mario Lopez serve as emcee of the first in-person awards since 2019.

Lopez is the host of NBC’s “Access Hollywood” and “Access Daily.” He also hosts two national iHeartMedia radio programs and is still remembered for his role on teen-targeted early 1990s syndicated sitcom “Saved by the Bell.”

In 2021, Lopez received the NAB Television Chairman’s Award, which recognizes individuals for significant groundbreaking work in one or more specific art disciplines in television.

Celebrity guests will present awards to station winners that will be announced at the June 7 event. Featured celebrity presenters include CBS Sports’ James Brown, a three-time Emmy Award Winner and Hall of Fame Sportscaster; Emmy Award-winning co-anchor of ABC News’ “Nightline” Juju Chang; American rock and soul artist Maggie Rose, who will also perform the National Anthem; and Angela Yee, co-host of nationally syndicated radio show “The Breakfast Club.”

NABLF previously announced station and broadcast group finalists for the awards. A complete list of finalists can be found at Earlier this month, NABLF announced GEICO will receive the Corporate Leadership Award during the event.