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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.

2020 Award Recipients

Ron Magers & Jeremy Gorner

Dean Baquet & Lourdes Duarte

Legendary Chicago news anchor Ron Magers and Chicago Tribune police reporter Jeremy Gorner will receive awards in 2020 from DePaul University’s Center for Journalism Integrity & Excellence. DePaul will honor Magers with the Distinguished Journalist Award and Gorner with the Distinguished Alumnus Award for work that embodies the highest principles of journalism, including truth, accuracy, fairness and context.

Magers’ career spanned more than 50 years in TV news, including more than three decades in Chicago. He is known for deftly handling difficult breaking news coverage. Gorner, who graduated from DePaul with a bachelor’s degree in political science, has investigated police misconduct while covering crime and breaking news at the Chicago Tribune.

Past Award Recipients

Dean Baquet, The New York Times

Dean Baquet, The New York Times

  • Distinguished Journalist Award
  • 2019
Lourdes Duarte, WGN-TV

Lourdes Duarte, WGN-TV

  • Distinguished Alumni Award
  • 2019
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