Timeline of the Cronkite School

The Cronkite School moves to downtown Phoenix.

2014 – Cronkite Sports opens bureaus in Santa Monica and Phoenix. Cronkite partners with American Public Media and the Knight Foundation to create a division of the Public Insight Network. Students finish first in the Broadcast Education Association awards for the fifth consecutive year. Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism launches the world’s first online certificate program in business and financial journalism. Former Gannett Newspaper President Sue Clark-Johnson and former Forbes publisher Jeff Cunningham join faculty.

2013 – Dow Jones News Fund establishes digital training program at Cronkite. Carnegie-Knight News21 wins second consecutive EPPY Award and first NABJ Award for Excellence in digital journalism. The school launches a fully online degree in media studies. Cronkite gives the inaugural Katherine Schneider Journalism Award, the nation’s first journalism competition to recognize excellence in coverage of disability issues. Students finish first in the Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence competition for seventh time in eight years and first in the BEA competition for the fourth straight year. Hall of Fame alumnae and Pulitzer Prize winner Jacquee Petchel returns to ASU to direct News21.

2012 - The Reynolds Foundation awards Cronkite grants totaling $8.21 million — the school’s largest gift ever — to expand the Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism and create a second endowed chair in business journalism. The first large-scale alumni celebration launches with Cronkite Day. Students win their third Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award in four years and take first in the broadcast division of the Hearst Journalism Awards for the fifth time in nine years. The school partners with Fox Sports Arizona to host the Phoenix Suns studio shows. Cronkite hosts the first Scripps Howard Journalism Entrepreneurship Institute for professors nationwide. The school wins ASU’s first Institutional Inclusion Award for diversity efforts. A Cronkite team covers the Summer Olympics in London.

2011 - The Knight Foundation and Carnegie Corporation extend News21 for the next 10 years and base it exclusively at the Cronkite School. Cronkite News Service opens a news bureau in Washington. The school welcomes its first Ph.D. class. Dean Christopher Callahan is named vice provost of ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus. Cronkite launches a program to cover spring training for out-of-town news organizations. The school dedicates its sixth-floor broadcast center in honor of the late Stanley and Erika Tobin. For the sixth consecutive year, Cronkite students finish first in the SPJ Mark of Excellence Awards and finish in the top 10 of the Hearst Journalism Awards for a 10th straight year.

2010 - The Cronkite School becomes home to the State Department’s Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship program for international journalists. The school launches Cronkite Global Initiatives to operate its expanding international programs. Dean Christopher Callahan is named the Scripps Howard Journalism Administrator of the Year. Cronkite Award recipient Diane Sawyer anchors ABC’s “World News” two evenings from Cronkite. Students finish first nationally in the SPJ Mark of Excellence competition for a fifth consecutive year and win their second Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. Eight, Arizona’s public television station, begins airing Cronkite NewsWatch daily, giving it the biggest reach of any university-based newscast in the world.

2009 - Washington Post Executive Editor Leonard Downie Jr., who led the newspaper to more Pulitzer Prizes than any editor in history, joins the faculty. “NBC Nightly News” broadcasts from the roof of the school when Brian Williams arrives to receive the Cronkite Award. The journalism school becomes home to the Society of American Business Editors and Writers and the National Center on Disability and Journalism. The New York Times features the Cronkite School and its focus on innovation, entrepreneurship and the digital future in a major story about journalism education. Cronkite students finish first nationally in both the Hearst and SPJ awards and win their first Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. Walter Cronkite dies at age 92.

2008 - The Cronkite School moves into a new 223,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art journalism education complex in the heart of downtown Phoenix, the centerpiece of the new ASU campus. The Carnegie Corporation and the Knight Foundation announce that Cronkite is the new national headquarters of News21, a $7.5 million experimental digital media program with 12 of the nation’s leading universities. Former Sacramento Bee Executive Editor Rick Rodriguez joins Cronkite as the school’s first Southwest Borderlands Initiative Professor. Former CNN anchor Aaron Brown joins the faculty as the inaugural Walter Cronkite Professor of Journalism. A $5.3 million gift from the Reynolds Foundation expands the work of the Reynolds Center and creates a new endowed chair and specializations in business journalism.

 Walter Cronkite breaks ground for the new building. Walter Cronkite breaks ground for the new building.

2007 - Walter Cronkite breaks ground in downtown Phoenix for the new six-story building that will house the Cronkite School and Eight/Arizona PBS. The school launches Cronkite News Service, an intensive professional program in which advanced journalism students provide newspaper, TV and multimedia stories daily to professional news outlets across the state. Cronkite students finish first place nationally in the Hearst and SPJ awards. The Knight Foundation gives a major grant to create the nation’s first program focused on digital journalism entrepreneurship, and the school tabs digital media pioneer Dan Gillmor to lead the effort. Cronkite partners with The Arizona Republic to create a student-staffed breaking-news program for azcentral.com.

2006 - Six new faculty members join Cronkite, the largest infusion of teaching talent in school history. New professors include former Minneapolis Star Tribune Editor Tim McGuire as the Frank Russell Chair. Voters approve plans that pave the way for a new $71 million building for the Cronkite School and Eight/Arizona PBS in downtown Phoenix. Cronkite receives its largest gift to date — $3.5 million — to bring the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism to ASU. The school launches the New Media Innovation Lab and later recruits BET executive Retha Hill to lead the digital research and development lab. Ethics and Excellence in Journalism establishes the Gaylord Visiting Professorship. Students finish first nationally in SPJ and second in Hearst.

2005 - The school becomes an independent unit at ASU. Christopher Callahan of the University of Maryland joins the school as the founding dean. Cronkite students finish second nationally in the Hearst competition and first in the broadcast division.

2004 - ASU President Michael Crow announces that the Cronkite School will become an independent unit and be an integral part of the newly planned campus in downtown Phoenix.

2003 - Knight Chair Steve Doig unveils his first Knight Foundation analysis of diversity at daily newspapers.

2002 - The school finishes in the Top 10 of the Hearst awards, starting a string of Top 10 finishes that remains unbroken.

2001 - Cronkite faculty vote to change the school’s name from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Telecommunication to the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

2000 - The Arizona Republic gives ASU $1 million to create the Frank Russell Chair in the Business of Journalism in honor of the former chairman of Central Newspapers Inc.

1999 - Cronkite School Director Douglas Anderson becomes dean of the College of Communications at Penn State University.

1998 - The school launches an annual two-week Summer High School Broadcasting Institute sponsored by the Arizona Broadcasters Association.

1996 - The school claims the overall Hearst national championship for the second time in three years. SPJ names the school’s TV newscast the best college-produced weekly show in the country. Award-winning investigative editor Steve Doig of the Miami Herald becomes the school’s first Knight Chair in Computer-Assisted Reporting. The Freedom Forum names Director Douglas Anderson the Journalism Administrator of the Year.

1995 - Knight Foundation gives the school its largest gift to date - $1.5 million - to endow a chair in computer-assisted reporting. The school imposes selective admission criteria for majors and launches a minor in mass media.

1994 - The school captures its first overall national championship in the Hearst awards. Professor Sharon Bramlett-Solomon receives the Barry Bingham Jr. Fellowship for her work with journalism students of color.

1993 - The Cronkite School establishes a Hall of Fame to honor outstanding graduates. ABC sports commentator Al Michaels and ABC news correspondent Bill Redeker are the charter inductees.

1992 - A visiting professionals program is started with a $200,000 grant from the William R. Hearst Foundation.

1991 - The school takes first place in the Hearst broadcast division for the first time.

1990 - Cronkite finishes first in the Hearst writing division for the first time.

1989 - The school’s student-produced weekly TV newscast begins.

1988 - The school launches an annual two-week Summer High School Journalism Institute sponsored by The Arizona Republic.

1984 - The Department of Journalism and Telecommunication is elevated from department to school status and named the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Telecommunication in honor of the legendary CBS News anchor. The first Cronkite Awards for Excellence in Journalism are presented to CBS founder William Paley and longtime CBS President Frank Stanton.

1983 - The Cronkite Endowment Board of Trustees is created.

1982 - KASR, the campus radio station operated by the department, is launched.

1981 - The department offers master’s degrees for the first time. Walter Cronkite steps down from the CBS anchor chair after 19 years.

1979 - The Department of Mass Communication is renamed the Department of Journalism and Telecommunication and leaves the College of Liberal Arts to join the newly formed College of Public Programs.

1973 - The Department of Mass Communication earns national accreditation. The Stauffer Communication Arts Building, named in honor of former Arizona Republic owner Charles A. Stauffer, opens as the department’s new home.

1962 - Walter Cronkite becomes anchor of the CBS Evening News.

1957 - ASU establishes a Department of Mass Communication.

1954 - Radio and television courses are added to the journalism curriculum.

1950 - Walter Cronkite joins CBS News.

1949 - The Division of Journalism is established within the English Department.

1931 - ASU offers its first journalism courses.