Pete Williams and Bill Whitaker received some of the highest honors at the Excellence in Journalism Conference.
Pete Williams, Justice Correspondent at NBC News since 1993, was honored with the John F. Hogan Distinguished Service Award.
Bill Whitaker, currently a correspondent on 60 Minutes, has been a part of CBS News since 1984. He received the Paul White Award. White founded CBS News in 1933.
Having won multiple Emmy Awards, Whitaker has been a correspondent on 60 Minutes since 2014, and has covered everything from the opioid crisis to the Syrian refugee crisis.
Before joining NBC News, Williams was press secretary and legislative assistant to then Congressman Dick Cheney, later being named the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs. Since joining NBC News, Williams has covered the Ames and Hanssen spy cases, the Oklahoma City bombing, and the Clinton impeachment proceedings.
Before receiving their awards, Williams and Whitaker offered some advice and inspiration to the RTDNA and SPJ Newsroom reporters.