Broadcast journalist and author Jim Lehrer was presented the inaugural Gaylord Prize for Excellence in Journalism and Mass Communication on Monday. The $25,000 prize was established by the University of Oklahoma Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication and funded by an endowment from the Edward L. Gaylord family. The honor was presented during a luncheon at the Skirvin Hotel.
"I will always remember this,” said Lehrer, who anchors public television’s "The News Hour with Jim Lehrer.” "I have the best job,” he said. "I don’t imagine making a living any differently.” Lehrer said Internet technology has revolutionized journalism, but the basic principles remain. He said bloggers, comedians and talk show hosts can’t exist without the basic delivery of accurate, straight-forward news. "Journalism is still about the story,” said Lehrer, winner of Emmy and Peabody awards. "Our democratic society will only work if we have an informed electorate.”