PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Bill Green will be receiving a special Emmy honor for his 44 years of reporting in Maine.

Green has been a familiar face at NEWS CENTER since 1972 when he started working as a camera operator for Eddie Driscoll's "My Backyard" and "Dialing for Dollars" shows. He worked his way up to being a sportscaster in 1975 and in 1993 came off the anchor desk to produce and report on feature stories and documentaries. Since 2000 he's been the face of Bill Green's Maine.

"When I started in the business I tried to dress up everyday and I wouldn't have interviewed someone who wasn't very formal and successful, but the more you get into it you get positive feedback for interviewing people who are a little closer to the land," said Green.

In honor of his dedicated reporting in Maine, Green will be receiving a Silver Circle Award from the Boston/New England chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. It recognizes veteran television professionals who have made significant contributions to their community for 25 years or longer.

According to his long time photojournalist, Kirk Cratty, one of Green's biggest strengths is his ability to connect with Mainers no matter where they live, or what their title is.

"He resonates with the people in the woods of Maine and he resonates with the people who are in a tuxedo carrying a violin," said Cratty.

Green will receive his Silver Circle Award during a gala ceremony on November 30 at the Seaport Boston Hotel.