Katie Couric received the Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in the Media at the University of South Dakota Thursday.
The award bears the name of USA Today founder Al Neuharth, who just three years ago wrote that he didn't think Couric was up to the job of "CBS Evening News" anchor, writing, "Couric can't cut it if she stays on the non-news fringe she started out on this week."
Neuharth now says he was wrong about her:
Not only has Couric "cut it," but when Diane Sawyer takes over as anchor of ABC World News in January, she has Katie to thank for paving the way.
As a country boy who has spent much of his professional lifetime working to help and promote people irrespective of their gender or race, I salute Couric with warmest appreciation and thanks for proving me wrong about her.
Previous award winners include Walter Cronkite, Tom Brokaw, Tim Russert, Larry King, Don Hewitt, and Bob Schieffer.
Watch a local news report on the award: