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Annual Center Awards

​​​​Each year, the Center for Journalism Integrity & Excellence honors two journalists—one being a DePaul graduate—whose work embodies the highest principles of journalism, including truth, accuracy, fairness and context.

Both awards are typically presented each spring. Award recipients speak at the award luncheon and also meet Advanced Reporting students to share their experiences as journalists.

2019 Award Recipients

Dean Baquet & Lourdes Duarte

Dean Baquet & Lourdes Duarte

Dean Baquet, executive editor of The New York Times, and WGN-TV news anchor Lourdes Duarte received awards from the Center for Journalism Integrity & Excellence at an invitation-only event on April 25, 2019. We'd like to thank our distinguished sponsors of the event, ABC7 Chicago, Crain's Chicago Business, NBC 5 Chicago & Telemundo, and WGN.

Dean Baquet’s long career as a journalist has included several years with the Chicago Tribune, where he led a team that won a Pulitzer Prize for documenting corruption in the Chicago City Council. Lourdes Duarte, who graduated from DePaul with a bachelor’s degree in communication, is one of WGN’s top investigative reporters.

Past Award Recipients

Jane Pauley, "CBS Sunday Morning"

Jane Pauley, "CBS Sunday Morning"

  • Distinguished Journalist Award
  • 2018
Ann Pistone, ABC7 Chicago

Ann Pistone, ABC7 Chicago

  • Distinguished Alumni Award
  • 2018
Lester Holt, "NBC Nightly News"

Lester Holt, "NBC Nightly News"

  • Distinguished Journalist Award
  • 2017
Ben Welsh, LA Times Data Desk

Ben Welsh, LA Times Data Desk

  • Distinguished Alumni Award
  • 2017