Speier: "You know it tells your life story, which truly I think is a model for women in particular..."
Jennings: "Don't make me cry!"
Speier: "... who want careers in journalism. And I take special note in saying I am proud to know you and call you friend."
The congresswoman said it's the highest honor she could give Cheryl for all her dedicated work to journalism and the Bay Area community through the years.
VIDEO: ABC7's Cheryl Jennings leaves anchor desk for special assignments
Cheryl will be stepping away from the ABC7 News anchor desk after Friday night to focus on special projects in the community and overseas.
And of course, you can catch her every Sunday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. on "Beyond the Headlines."