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 / Updated  / Source: The Associated Press

NBC anchorman Brian Williams has been named this year’s recipient of the Walter Cronkite Award. (Msnbc.com is a joint venture between Microsoft and NBC Universal.)

Williams will be honored by Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at a luncheon Nov. 18 in Phoenix.

The “NBC Nightly News” anchor says he grew up idolizing Cronkite and there is no greater name in broadcast journalism.

In 2004, Williams succeeded Tom Brokaw as anchor of “NBC Nightly News.” In 2007, he became the first network anchor — active or retired — to host “Saturday Night Live.”

Each year, the Cronkite School recognizes a notable media figure for excellence in journalism. Past recipients have included Brokaw, Katharine Graham and Ted Turner.