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Seigenthaler named this year's recipient of Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in the Media

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VERMILLION, South Dakota — Broadcast journalist John M. Seigenthaler is this year's recipient of the 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 , a South Dakota native and 1950 USD graduate.

Seigenthaler's father, the late , received the award in 1999.

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