Last night, CNN’s Candy Crowley was honored at the Radio Television Digital News Foundation’s First Amendment Awards. With more than 500 people in attendance at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington, D.C., Crowley accepted the Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment Award, named after the late senior Washington correspondent who worked for Broadcasting & Cable magazine. Crowley, along with two other leaders in the field of journalism, was selected for her commitment to the First Amendment. “We are pleased to honor people and companies who show outstanding support of the First Amendment and freedom of the press,” said Mike Cavender, RTDNF Executive Director in an announcement following the dinner.

“I look at the list of First Amendment Award winners and see friends, colleagues and mentors. To join their ranks is an incredible honor,” said Crowley when she learned she would receive the award.

Crowley is an award-winning chief political correspondent for CNN, covering a broad range of stories, including legislative issues, presidential, congressional and gubernatorial races. She is also anchor of State of the Union with Candy Crowley. In 2012, the Commission on Presidential Debates selected Crowley as the moderator for the second presidential debate, making her the first woman to moderate a debate in 20 years.