The Nexstar Broadcasting family is about to start a new chapter, and our parent company’s leader has just been honored for his vision to inform and serve the community, and many others across the country.
On Wednesday evening in Washington, D.C., The Media Institute honored Nexstar Broadcasting Chairman, President and CEO Perry Sook.
The Media Institute is a non-profit foundation focused on communications policy and excellence in journalism.
Perry Sook was given the American Horizon Award, recognizing his leadership, and promoting the vitality and independence of American media.
Perry Sook started Nexstar Broadcasting with just one TV station in 1996. Twenty years later, there are more than 100 stations nationwide.
That number will soon grow to 171 stations when pending acquisitions are finalized. That means Nexstar broadcasts will reach 39 percent of television households in America.
“We think that free press is a fabric of this country, and is what has made this country great,” Sook said. “There’s not a state-run network and there are diversities of views. That’s why this award is particularly important I think; both honoring and humbling; that is really supporting and rewarding the work that our journalists do in our company everyday.”
FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai was also honored with The Media Institute’s Freedom of Speech Award.