He is familiar to millions as the face of BBC Look North.
And today, Harry Gration was recognised for his services to broadcasting when he was presented with his MBE at an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
Speaking on social networking site Twitter, Harry thanked everyone for their good wishes.
“I would say huge sincere thanks to all my colleagues in Leeds.”
He later added: “Dickie Bird trained me well.
“Sorry about emotion. Once again thanks to all.”
Harry, who has worked for BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Match of the Day and Grandstand over the years, had a previous life as a history teacher before pursuing broadcasting full time.
He received his gong alongside singer Adele, who declared her visit to the palace as a “very posh” affair.
Her immaculate nails were painted royal blue and the nails on the ring fingers of both hands featured tiny silver-coloured crowns decorated with red stones.
In a statement issued after the ceremony, the singer said: “It was an honour to be recognised and a very proud moment to be awarded alongside such wonderful and inspirational people. Very posh indeed.”