- Associated Press - Thursday, August 27, 2015

VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) - Broadcast journalist John M. Seigenthaler is this year’s recipient of the Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in the Media.

Seigenthaler anchors Al Jazeera America’s prime-time news program and previously anchored the “NBC Nightly News” weekend edition. During his 11 years at NBC, 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.

A presentation is scheduled Oct. 1 at the University of South Dakota.

The annual award for lifetime achievement in media is named for the late USA Today and Freedom Forum founder Al Neuharth, a South Dakota native and 1950 USD graduate.

Seigenthaler’s father, the late John Seigenthaler, received the Al Neuharth award in 1999.

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