KTLA journo Warren Wilson has been honored with the Los Angeles Press Club’s 2002 Joseph M. Quinn Award for Journalistic Excellence and Distinction.

An on-air fixture at L.A.’s WB affil for the last 17 years, Wilson will be recognized with the Press Club’s highest honor June 22 in Beverly Hills.

Wilson can now rub elbows with the likes of CBS heavyweight Dan Rather, who was presented with the award last year.

In making news for 40 years now — previous gigs include L.A. Peacock station KNBC, City News Service and United Press Intl. — Wilson deserves to be in Rather’s league, according to Press Club president Pat Morrison.

“Warren Wilson’s reputation as America’s ‘most-surrendered-to newsman’ is preceded by long years of yeoman work covering every kind of story Los Angeles can throw at a reporter, from murders to the beating of Rodney King by police officers,” Morrison said.

The late Quinn served as Wilson’s mentor while the two were stationed together at City News Service.

“To win an achievement award in Quinn’s name is a special thrill,” Wilson said. “I share this with all of my colleagues at KTLA News and other places I’ve worked.”