C-SPAN founder receives Neuharth Award

Monday, October 10, 2011

VERMILLION, S.D. — The founder of USA Today says the next goal for the founder of C-SPAN should be to get TV cameras into the U.S. Supreme Court.

Al Neuharth, founder of USA Today and the Freedom Forum, made the comment Oct. 6 at the University of South Dakota during a ceremony to present C-SPAN founder Brian Lamb with the Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in the Media.

C-SPAN successfully put cameras into Congress, but the 70-year-old Lamb says he doubts cameras will get into the chambers of the country’s highest court during his lifetime.

Lamb is the 25th individual selected by the university and the Freedom Forum to receive the annual media award for lifetime achievement. Past recipients include TV broadcasters Walter Cronkite, Tom Brokaw and Katie Couric. The awards presentation is held in South Dakota, Neuharth’s native state.

For more, see the Freedom Forum’s news release about the award and the Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan’s coverage of the awards ceremony.

First Amendment Center Online staff contributed to this report.

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