Former “PBS NewsHour” anchor Jim Lehrer–who helmed the PBS newscast for 36 years before stepping down in May–has been presented with a “Lifetime Achievement Award” by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The award was presented at a ceremony in Austin, Texas, where the CPB board of directors was meeting.

Lehrer is only the sixth person to receive the award. with previous recipients comprised mostly of CPB board members and station chiefs.

“Over the course of his career, much of it spent in public media, Jim Lehrer has become a prominent and trusted figure in American journalism,” said Bruce Ramer, chair, CPB board of directors in a statement. “Through his straight-forward and honest reporting on PBS NEWSHOUR, Jim has helped public media earn its reputation as one of the most trusted organizations in the nation. He has become the face of PBS journalism. As such, we are very pleased to honor him with this award.”

More information from the CPB, after the jump.

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