Brian Williams tapped for Cronkite award

NBC anchor to be honored at Arizona State in November

NBC anchorman Brian Williams has been named this year's recipient of the Walter Cronkite Award.

Williams will be honored by Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at a luncheon Nov. 18 in Phoenix.

The "NBC Nightly News" anchor says he grew up idolizing Cronkite and that there is no greater name in broadcast journalism.

In 2004, Williams succeeded Tom Brokaw as anchor of "NBC Nightly News." In 2007, he became the first network anchor -- active or retired -- to host "Saturday Night Live."

Each year, the Cronkite School recognizes a notable media figure for excellence in journalism. Past recipients have included Brokaw, Katharine Graham and Ted Turner.
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