NBC 4 New York Chief Investigative Reporter Jonathan Dienst received an award from the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation Friday for his years of reporting on justice and security-related issues.
Dienst was given the Foundation's "Community Service Award" during the ceremony held at the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan. Dienst said it was an "honor" to be recognized by the group of leading business executives and law enforcement officials.
"For the last 20 years, it has been an extraordinary privilege for me to report the news about -- and tell stories of -- the men and women of law enforcement who put their lives on the line every day to protect our city and nation," Dienst said.
Other honorees at the 20th Annual FLEF Luncheon included General James Amos, Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly, Roger Ailes, Chairman of Fox News as well as prosecutors, agents and police officers who helped stop the Times Square terrorist, among others.
Tony Bergamo, the Chairman of the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation said the foundation continues to work to help the law enforcement community, calling the law enforcement officials on hand "distinguished heroes."
The foundation provides support to families of agents and officers killed in the line of duty as well as funding for academic scholarships and PAL's across the country.
Jonathan Dienst leads WNBC's investigative unit and also contributes reports to NBC News programs. His exclusive reporting focuses on terrorism, white collar and corruption cases as well as local crime stories.