CLEVELAND -- WKYC's Russ Mitchell has been named 2013's winner of the Robert G. McGruder Award for Diversity by the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kent State University.
The award recognizes the accomplishments of media professionals who encourage diversity in the field of journalism.
Mitchell, who serves as managing editor for WKYC's evening news and lead anchor during the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts, will be honored at an awards luncheon and lecture on Tuesday, April 2.
The luncheon is by invitation only.
This year marks 10 years of honoring diversity excellence with the Robert G. McGruder Award for Diversity, and the lecture and luncheon has become one of Kent State's most successful diversity events.
Also being recognized at the luncheon is the Akron Beacon Journal's Betty Lin-Fisher as winner of 2013's Diversity in Media Distinguished Leadership Award.
Later that day, Mitchell will serve as keynote speaker at the McGruder Lecture inside the Kent Student Center Kiva at 2:15 p.m. This is free and open to the public.
Mitchell, a former anchor of the CBS Evening News weekend editions and The Early Show on Saturday, also worked as national correspondent for CBS News Sunday Morning, the CBS Evening News, and The Early Show. He joined WKYC in January 2012.