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.

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