The chairman, president, and CEO of A.H. Belo Corporation was honored in a ceremony Thursday night.

The Radio Television Digital News Foundation awarded its First Amendment Leadership Award to Robert Decherd in Washington, D.C. The foundation gives the award to a business or government leader who has made a significant contribution to protecting freedom of the press.

Decherd is Chief Executive Officer of A. H. Belo Corporation, which owns and operates The Dallas Morning News, the Denton Record-Chronicle, The Providence Journal in Rhode Island, and The Press-Enterprise in California.

A. H. Belo's newspapers and related assets were spun off in February 2008 from Belo Corp., which Decherd led as CEO for the prior 21 years. Belo Corp is the parent company of WFAA.

The First Amendment Leadership Award is a great affirmation of our company's long-standing commitment to press freedoms and exceptional journalism, Decherd said in a release. I feel privileged to have led this effort at Belo over the past three decades.

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