John Ferrugia wins distinguished national journalism award

Reporter gets Missouri Honor Medal for service

7News is proud to announce that Call 7 Investigative Reporter, John Ferrugia is being honored with the Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism.

This honor is considered one of journalism's most prestigious national awards and recognizes career -- long outstanding service to journalism. Previous distinguished recipients of the Honor Medal, first awarded in 1930, include Tom Brokaw, Christiane Amanpour, Sir Winston Churchill, Gloria Steinem, Walter Cronkite, Gordon Parks, Ted Koppel, Jon Chancellor, The New York Times, and "60 Minutes".

The awards will be given during a banquet at the University of Missouri on Monday, Oct. 15th where Ferrugia will be honored for his hard work and journalistic commitment throughout his long career.

Earlier in his career, Ferrugia served as a White House correspondent for CBS News and was a principle anchor of the CBS News magazine program "West 57th". He has also brought his 7News investigative reports to a national audience, appearing on ABC News and CNN. Ferrugia has secured numerous exclusive interviews while with 7News including one with Pope John Paul II. Ferrugia is considered Denver's most honored and respected Investigative Reporter, as his work has prompted changes in public policy, government, and public safety in Colorado and has resulted in several new laws.

Ferrugia's dedication to journalism has earned him other prestigious awards including the DuPont-Columbia Award, three George Foster Peabody Awards, a national Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, a national Edward R. Murrow award and more than a dozen regional Emmy's.

Ferrugia has also been inducted into the National Academy of TV Arts and Science-­‐Heartland Chapter "Silver Circle" for his career contribution to broadcasting. He has received awards from the Colorado Broadcasters Association, the Missouri Broadcasters Association and numerous awards from the Associated Press. Additionally, his investigative reporting has been honored with the National Headliner Grand Award, the Society of Professional Journalists Award, and regional Edward R. Murrow awards.