VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) — Veteran ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman is this year's recipient of the Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in Media.

Berman has hosted a variety of ESPN studio shows since 1979. He also has covered 34 Super Bowls, 30 Major League Baseball All-Star Games and 29 World Series.

Berman also has hosted ESPN's NFL Draft telecast since 1987, and has served as emcee for the Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony 16 times. He has covered golf's U.S. Open for nearly three decades.

The annual award for lifetime achievement in media is named for the late USA Today and Freedom Forum/Newseum founder Al Neuharth, a South Dakota native and 1950 University of South Dakota graduate. USD co-sponsors the award.

A presentation is scheduled June 21st at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

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