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Mike Hegedus, special features correspondent for CNBC, has received the 2005 Distinguished Achievement in RV Journalism Award.  
The award is presented annually by Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) to journalists for “exemplary coverage of the RV industry before national audiences.”
Hegedus was presented the award at a special ceremony Nov. 29 during the 2006 Outlook Breakfast of RVIA’s 43rd Annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky. 
Hegedus has covered the show for the past four years, reporting live for CNBC programs Squawk Box and Power Lunch. RVIA said Hegedus’ yearly segments have exposed millions of viewers to RV product trends and the industry’s outlook.
In accepting the award, Hegedus described RVing as a “quintessential American” activity. 
“I’m covering the essence of what RV products represent – building of community,” Hegedus said. “RVs are what people want to own and drive. Our great stretch of country between New York and Los Angeles – the ‘fly-over’ – is where your business exists and where the most Americans live. RVing brings us all closer together, and you should all be proud of that.”
“Mike Hegedus has been diligent in covering the RV industry for the past four years,” said RVIA Board Chairman Bruce Hertzke, chairman and CEO of Winnebago Industries Inc., Forest City, Iowa. “Mike’s yearly reports from our trade show have enlightened CNBC viewers about the RV industry and raised our profile among the business community.”
Hertzke, RVIA President Dave Humphreys and RVIA Public Relations Committee Chairman B.J. Thompson presented the award to Hegedus on stage at the trade show’s kickoff breakfast.
Hegedus is the 27th recipient of the award. Previous honorees include travel publishing giant Arthur Frommer; PBS MotorWeek’s Executive Producer and host John Davis; Jeff Green, automotive and RV correspondent for Bloomberg News; Field & Stream Editor Slaton White; Washington Post automotive industry reporter Warren Brown; former CNN correspondent Larry Woods; and Bob Livingston, executive director of cable network’s RV Today.