EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSLynn Among Presidential Medal Of Freedom Honorees
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Reported by: Heath Harrison
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Also Contributing: Associated Press
Reported: Aug. 8, 2013 4:55 PM EDT
Updated: Aug. 8, 2013 5:07 PM EDT
President Barack Obama will bestow the nation's highest civilian honor on Loretta Lynn, Oprah Winfrey and former President Bill Clinton.
Lynn, Clinton and Winfrey will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom this year at the White House. They'll join 13 other honorees, including activist Gloria Steinem and former Sen. Richard Lugar. Also being honored is Ben Bradlee, the editor who oversaw Washington Post coverage of Watergate.
Former Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii and Sally Ride, the first woman astronaut in space, will receive the medals posthumously.
President John F. Kennedy created the Medal of Freedom in an executive order signed 50 years ago. The White House said more than 500 people have been honored.
Lynn, who was born near Paintsville in eastern Kentucky, is a member of the Grand Ole Opry, the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. She received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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