Award-winning broadcast journalist Chris Wallace will receive the Poynter Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism at the Institute’s annual fundraising gala in November.
The award honors those whose journalism careers have made a significant impact on democracy and its institutions.
Over five decades, Wallace has built a career of journalistic accomplishment and is also the best-selling author and anchor of “Fox News Sunday.”
Neil Brown, president of Poynter said:
“We are honored to celebrate the outstanding career of Chris Wallace and the incredible vitality and honesty of his journalism. Chris’ record of balanced reporting across the years makes him among the most respected journalists in America today, even in these strikingly polarized times.”
“Chris started in local news, which is near and dear to our hearts at Poynter, and his commitment to excellence continues as he prepares to moderate the first presidential debate next week.
“We work hard at Poynter to support high-integrity, independent journalism that serves democracy. It’s hard to imagine a more fitting recipient of the Poynter award in 2020.”
Wallace is the recipient of nearly every major broadcast journalism award for his reporting, including three Emmy awards, the Dupont-Columbia Silver Baton, the Peabody Award and the Sol Taishoff Award for Broadcast Journalism from the National Press Foundation.
Recently, he was also honored with the International Center for Journalists Founders Award for Excellence in Journalism.
“The Poynter Institute has been promoting and teaching solid journalism for almost half a century. At a time when traditional standards of fairness and accuracy are being questioned — both in and outside the industry — Poynter is a keeper of the flame for our profession. I am proud to receive the Poynter Medal. My only quibble is about ‘Lifetime Achievement.’ I am just getting started.”
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