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Roger Ebert to be honored at ShoWest

March 18, 2009 | 12:32 pm

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Roger Ebert, who began his career as a film critic 42 years ago writing for the Chicago Sun-Times, is set to receive a ShoWest Career Achievement in Journalism Award at the Celebrating the Importance of Independent and Special Film luncheon on April 2 in Las Vegas.

ShoWest Co-managing Director Mitch Neuhauser said in a statement this morning: “With over 40 years devoted to providing movie going audiences with reviews and incredible insight into the film world, Roger Ebert has been a standout critic respected by audiences, peers and movie industry insiders alike.”

The first film critic to win a Pulitzer Prize in 1975, Ebert, 66, had to leave his popular syndicated TV series “At the Movies with Ebert & Roeper” in 2006 after post-surgical complications related to his thyroid cancer left him unable to speak. He still continues to write reviews, though, for the Chicago Sun-Times and his website is the Internet’s most visited movie critic site.

-- Susan King