Ebert picked for UI lifetime journalism award

Ebert picked for UI lifetime journalism award

Roger Ebert joined elite company Tuesday when the late, great film critic was named the 2014 recipient of the Illinois Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism.

Ebert (University of Illinois Class of '64) became the first UI alumnus to win. His widow, Chaz, will accept the honor in Chicago on Feb. 11. She'll be in Champaign-Urbana on April 23-27 to emcee the 16th edition of Ebertfest at the Virginia Theatre.

Previous winners:

Ben Bradlee, executive editor of The Washington Post during the Watergate era

Seymour Hersh, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist and author

Gay Talese, best-selling author who helped define literary journalism

Nina Totenberg, NPR's award-winning legal affairs/Supreme Court correspondent

Mike Wallace, late, legendary "60 Minutes" correspondent who died in 2012

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