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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.
Bill Whitaker, longtime 60 Minutes correspondent, and KARE-TV reporter Heidi Wigdahl, a 2010 DePaul University alumna, will receive awards this spring from the Center for Journalism Integrity & Excellence on April 28, 2022.
With more than four decades in broadcasting, Whitaker has covered stories at home and abroad with precision and fairness. His reporting on race and policing, the opioid crisis and immigration, shed light on pressing issues. He has won the profession’s most prestigious awards including a George Foster Peabody medal and an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Silver Baton.
Wigdahl, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from DePaul, has reported on stories in the Minneapolis-St. Paul region for the last six years. Her work has been recognized by the National Press Photographers Association and Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association.