Couric select as 2009 Neuharth Award recipient

From P&D Staff Reports

VERMILLION — CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric will appear next month on the University of South Dakota campus as the 2009 recipient of the Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in the Media.

Couric's selection was confirmed Tuesday by Jack Marsh, executive director of the Al Neuharth Media Center and Freedom Forum in Vermillion. Couric will receive her award and speak during the program at 7 p.m. Oct. 8 in the DakotaDome on the USD campus.

More details are expected to be released today (Wednesday) or Thursday, said Janine Harris with the Freedom Forum, which presents the award.

The Neuharth Awards program is free and open to the public, Harris said.

More information about the program and tickets will be announced in the near future, she said. Persons with questions about the program and tickets can contact the Freedom

Forum office in Vermillion at (605) 677-3114.

The Neuharth Award program is held on the Thursday preceding the USD Dakota Days homecoming celebration, Harris said. This year's Neuharth program was moved to the DakotaDome because of the continued remodeling at Slagle Auditorium and because of need for a venue which could hold the anticipated large audience, she said.

"Prairie Home Companion" host Garrison Keillor was the last Neuharth Award recipient to receive the honor in the DakotaDome, Harris said. The 2005 program drew an audience of around 5,000, she said.

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