East Bay native receives Presidential Medal of Freedom

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(KRON)—President Barack Obama honored East Bay native and actor Tom Hanks with the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Tuesday.

Hanks was born in Concord and attended Skyline High School in Oakland. He even performed in the high school plays.

Fellow actors Robert DeNiro, Cicely Tyson and Robert Redford also received the prestigious award

President Obama recognized 21 people with the nation’s highest civilian honor at the White House.

Honorees from the sports world include basketball players Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Michael Jordan, along with veteran sports broadcaster Vin Scully.

Entertainers include Ellen DeGeneres, Diana Ross and Bruce Springsteen.

Other honorees are philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates, polymath physicist Richard Garwin, architect Frank Gehry, designer Maya Lin, Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels, attorney Newt Minow, mathematician and computer scientist Margaret H. Hamilton and Eduardo Padron, president of Miami Dade College in Florida.

Posthumous honors went to Native American advocate Elouise Cobell and Rear Adm. Grace Hopper.

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