Veteran broadcast journalist John M. Seigenthaler is the recipient of the 2015 Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in the Media, to be presented Oct. 1, 2015, at the University of South Dakota. Seigenthaler is the anchor of Al Jazeera America’s prime-time news program and previously was the anchor of the “NBC Nightly News” weekend edition.
John is following in the footsteps of his father, the late John Seigenthaler, who received the 1999 Al Neuharth award in recognition of his lifetime work promoting quality journalism and the First Amendment. The elder Seigenthaler – a civil rights champion, founder of the Newseum Institute’s First Amendment Center and founding editorial page editor of USA Today – died in 2014.
The award is named for the late USA Today and Freedom Forum founder Al Neuharth, a South Dakota native and 1950 graduate of the University of South Dakota. Honoring lifetime achievement in media, the award will be presented as part of a daylong celebration at the university campus in Vermillion, S.D. The presentation ceremony will be held in the auditorium of the Al Neuharth Media Center on the campus.
During his 11 years at NBC News, Seigenthaler appeared on “Today,” “Dateline” and “Meet the Press” and anchored news programs on CNBC and MSNBC. He has received numerous awards for his work in journalism, including the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, two Emmy Awards, a National Headliner Award, an American Bar Association Award and an Iris Award. He’s a former member of the Radio and Television News Directors Foundation.