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Brian Williams to get journalism award in Phoenix

Brian Williams will take a short break from delivering the nightly news to millions of people across the country to accept a journalism award in Phoenix.

Williams is set to accept the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism on Nov. 18.

The ceremony will be held at the Sheraton hotel in downtown Phoenix.

Williams says he grew up idolizing Cronkite and only hopes he is worthy of the meaning and tradition of the award.

Williams became the seventh anchor and managing editor of “NBC Nightly News” in 2004, replacing Tom Brokaw, who won the Cronkite Award three years ago.

Previous Cronkite Award recipients include TV journalists Tom Brokaw, Bill Moyers and Jane Pauley, and newspaper journalists Ben Bradlee, Helen Thomas and Bob Woodward.

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