Ronstadt and Katzenberg among those honored by Obama for contributions to arts and humanities


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WASHINGTON — Singer Linda Ronstadt, DreamWorks Animation chief Jeffrey Katzenberg and public radio host Diane Rehm are among those being honored at the White House Monday for their contributions to arts and humanities.

President Barack Obama was awarding the 2013 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal to 22 recipients in an East Room ceremony also being attended with first lady Michelle Obama.

The National Medal of Arts was established by Congress in 1984 as the nation's highest award given to artists and their patrons. The National Humanities Medal was created in in 1997 to honor those who have deepened the nation's understanding of the humanities in fields including history, literature, languages and philosophy. Other honorees include:

— Dominican-American writer Julia Alvarez of Weybridge, Vermont

— Brooklyn Academy of Music

— arts patron Joan Harris of Chicago

— dancer and choreographer Bill T. Jones of Valley Cottage, New York

— composer John Kander of New York

— writer Maxine Hong Kingston of Oakland, California

— documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles of New York

— architects Billie Tsien and Tod Williams of New York

— artist James Turrell of Flagstaff, Arizona

— literary critic M.H. Abrams of Ithaca, New York

— historian David Brion Davis of Orange, Connecticut

— historian Darlene Clark Hine of Chicago

— historian Anne Firor Scott of Chapel Hill, North Carolina

— East Asian scholar William Theodore De Bary of Tappan, New York

— architect Johnpaul Jones of Bainbridge, Washington

— filmmaker Stanley Nelson of New York

— radio host Krista Tippett of St. Paul, Minnesota

— American Antiquarian Society of Worcester, Massachusetts


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