VERMILLION, S.D. -- – Free public seating will be available, first-come, first-served, in Vermillion’s DakotaDome when CBS News anchor Katie Couric speaks Thursday night at The University of South Dakota.
No tickets are required for DakotaDome sections A, B, C, G, H and I. Doors will be open by 6 p.m. Last seating is at 6:45 p.m. The program will begin at 7 p.m. The USD Jazz Band will perform from 6 to 7 p.m.
Couric, managing editor and anchor of the “CBS Evening News,” is the 2009 recipient of the Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in the Media, presented jointly by USD and the Freedom Forum. Al Neuharth, a 1950 USD journalism graduate who is founder of the Freedom Forum and USA TODAY, will be on campus to present the award.
Following remarks by Couric, she will be interviewed by Jack Marsh, executive director of the Al Neuharth Media Center at USD. Couric then will take questions from the audience.
The 90-minute program will be telecast live on South Dakota Public Broadcasting. SDPB-Television will repeat the program at 1 p.m. CDT, Sunday, Oct. 11.
Couric is the 22nd recipient of the Al Neuharth Award, which recognizes lifetime achievement in the media and is marking its 20th anniversary. Couric is the fifth CBS journalist to receive the Al Neuharth Award. The first was the legendary Walter Cronkite, in 1989. The only other Neuharth presentation to take place in the DakotaDome was the 2005 event featuring writer and radio personality Garrison Keillor. About 5,500 people attended.