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ESPN's Chris Berman to Deliver Remarks at USD

Photo of ESPN sportscaster Chris Berman Chris Berman will be honored for winning the 2016 Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in the Media at the University of South Dakota April 24.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Chris Berman, long-time ESPN sportscaster, will present a public lecture titled "He did ‘go all the way’ - for 40 years!" at 6:30 p.m. April 24 at the University of South Dakota, where he will be recognized for winning the 2016 Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in the Media.

Berman, who joined ESPN in 1979, has served as host on a variety of shows, including “SportsCenter,” “Sunday NFL Countdown,” “NFL PrimeTime” and “Baseball Tonight.” Berman is the first sports journalist to receive the Neuharth lifetime achievement award.

He will spend the afternoon in private sessions with USD students, offering tips on sportscasting and media careers, before holding a public press conference at 6 p.m. at the DakotaDome Club. Members of the media interested in credentials for the press conference, please contact USD Manager of Media Relations Michael Ewald at

At 6:30 p.m. Berman will be honored at the Sanford Coyotes Sports Center arena with introductions from USD President James W. Abbott and Newseum Institute Director Gene Policinski. Berman’s speech to follow is free and open to the public.

The Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in the Media is named for the late USA Today and Freedom Forum/Newseum founder Al Neuharth. It is co-sponsored by the University of South Dakota, Newseum Institute and Freedom Forum. Washington Post Executive Editor Martin Baron is the 2017 award winner.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News