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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.
Legendary Chicago news anchor Ron Magers and Chicago Tribune police reporter Jeremy Gorner received awards in a virtual ceremony on April 22, 2021 from DePaul University’s Center for Journalism Integrity & Excellence. DePaul honored 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.