Scott Pelley, anchor and managing editor of the "CBS Evening News," to receive Quinnipiac University's Fred Friendly First Amendment Award May 10

May 01, 2013, 11:00 ET from Quinnipiac University

HAMDEN, Conn., May 1, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Quinnipiac University will present its 20th annual Fred Friendly First Amendment Award to Scott Pelley, anchor and managing editor of the "CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley," at an invitation-only luncheon at 11:45 a.m. on Friday, May 10, at the Metropolitan Club, 1 East 60th St., New York City.

"This is the 20th anniversary of the Fred Friendly Award, and I can't think of a more deserving recipient than Scott Pelley," said Lee Kamlet, dean of the School of Communications at Quinnipiac. "As the standard bearer for CBS News, Scott exemplifies the standard of excellence which Fred set for himself and others as he built CBS News into a legendary institution. Following in Fred's footsteps, Scott is setting his own mark of distinction on broadcast news, and the School of Communications is proud to recognize him."

The Fred Friendly First Amendment award is presented annually to a journalist who has shown courage and forthrightness in preserving the First Amendment. Pelley will join past recipients of the Fred Friendly First Amendment Award: Dan Rather, Lesley Stahl, Bill Moyers, Ted Koppel, Tom Brokaw, Jim Lehrer, Robert MacNeil, Don Hewitt, Peter Jennings, Mike Wallace, Christiane Amanpour, Tom Bettag, Tim Russert, Bob Schieffer, Steve Kroft, Charles Gibson, Morley Safer, Gwen Ifill, David Fanning and Martha Raddatz.

"For a CBS News correspondent, the Fred Friendly Award is especially humbling," said Pelley. "Fred taught us courage, fairness and humility in equal measure. He helped invent our industry and set the mark for all who follow."

Quinnipiac is a private, coeducational, nonsectarian institution located 90 minutes north of New York City and two hours from Boston. The university enrolls 6,200 full-time undergraduate and 2,300 graduate students in 58 undergraduate and more than 20 graduate programs of study in its School of Business and Engineering, School of Communications, School of Education, School of Health Sciences, School of Law, Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine, School of Nursing and College of Arts and Sciences. Quinnipiac consistently ranks among the top regional universities in the North in U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges issue. For more information, please visit Connect with Quinnipiac on Facebook at and follow Quinnipiac on Twitter @QuinnipiacU.

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