Presented each year by Quinnipiac University’s School of Communications, the award will be presented in New York in May.
The award is in memory of the late Fred Friendly, who was president of CBS, an author, director and producer, who played a major role in establishing PBS and was a champion of freedom of speech.
The award-winning Pelley also worked as correspondent for the CBS news magazine 60 Minutes, and was a CBS News’ Chief White House Correspondent.
The school presents the award each year to those “who have shown courage and forthrightness in preserving the rights set forth in the First Amendment.”
Past award winners have included Tom Brokaw, Bill Moyers, Gwen Ifill, Peter Jennings and Ted Koppel.