Agencia EFE announced Thursday that the special prize created to mark its 75th anniversary will be presented to journalist Luis Maria Anson, who oversaw the agency's modernization and international expansion.

Anson's 1976-1983 tenure as EFE president coincided with Spain's transition to democracy

Besides establishing bureaus throughout the Americas and at key locations in Europe, Asia and Africa, Anson brought EFE's practices into line with those of the major international news agencies.

He also supervised the completion of EFE's network of bureaus in Spain, which was laid out in accord with the new administrative division of the Iberian nation into autonomous regions.

Anson, 79, will receive the Special 75th Anniversary award at the end of May, coinciding with the presentation of the King of Spain International Journalism Prizes and the opening of Efe'75, a major exposition recounting the agency's development in the context of Spanish history.

The veteran author and journalist received the Prince of Asturias Prize for Communication and Humanities in 1991 and was elected a member of the Spanish Royal Academy five years later.

After leaving EFE, Anson ran Madrid daily ABC from 1983-1997 and founded La Razon newspaper.

He currently presides over online daily El Imparcial, a venture he launched in 2008. EFE