WASHINGTON D.C. -- The longtime chief executive of KTVB's parent company is being honored for his contributions to a free press, Thursday night.

The honor comes from the Radio-Television Digital News Foundation's 23rd Annual First Amendment Awards event.

Among those receiving the award, Robert Decherd, chairman, president and CEO of the A.H. Belo Corporation, which owns several newspapers, and also owned KTVB before the company's broadcast and newspaper holdings were spun off into separate businesses five years ago.

He also has played a significant role in organizations representing newspaper and television journalism.

The First Amendment, which we celebrate tonight, and freedom of information statutes at the federal and state level are the foundation and means of superior journalism. It's up to us and so many others who have sustained the fourth estate to ensure that journalism holds its place in our great democracy, said Decherd.

Others being honored at Thursday night's First Amendment Awards are CNN's Candy Crowley, NBC News Partnerships Vice President Lloyd Siegel and Twitter.

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