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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.

2022 Award Recipients

Bill Whitaker & Heidi Wigdahl

Bill Whitaker and Heidi Wigdahl
Bill Whitaker will be honored with the Distinguished Journalist Award and Heidi Wigdahl with the Distinguished Alumna Award for their significant contributions to journalism.

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.

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Past Award Recipients

Ron Magers, ABC7 Chicago

Ron Magers, ABC7 Chicago

  • Distinguished Journalist Award
  • 2021
Jeremy Gorner, Chicago Tribune

Jeremy Gorner, Chicago Tribune

  • Distinguished Alumnus Award
  • 2021
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 Alumna 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 Alumna 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 Alumnus Award
  • 2017