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News presenter honoured by university

Alastair Stewart receives his Honorary Doctorate Photo:

ITV News presenter Alastair Stewart has received an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from the University of Sunderland in recognition of his outstanding contribution to news broadcasting.

He was presented with the degree by the University's Vice Chancellor. Afterwards he addressed students, telling them to be proud of their achievements.

Alastair started his career working for Southern Television in 1976 as a reporter, industrial correspondent, presenter and documentary maker.

He joined News at Ten in May 1989 as the network's Washington Correspondent and went on to cover the Gulf War in the 1990s.

He was also the first British television reporter to broadcast live from the liberated Kuwait City during the War, and has presented many of ITN's landmark programmes, including the Royal Weddings of the Prince and Princess of Wales and the Duke and Duchess of York.

Alastair moderated the first ever British live TV debate between the main Party Leaders ahead of the General Election in 2010. He is one of the few people who has presented all of ITN's main news programmes.

He said:'' I'm thrilled to be awarded with this honorary degree and so pleased to be able to attend the ceremony with so many lovely young men and women who have worked so hard.''

The ceremony took place at the Stadium of Light.

Among the other honoraries who received awards this week were comedian Eddie Izzard, Olympian Charlie Spedding, and artist Norman Cornish.

This year's annual awards ceremonies are the biggest in the University of Sunderland's 111-year history. Over five days 3,218 students graduated from the Stadium of Light watched by 8,786 guests, with 289 academic staff cheering on the class of 2012.