Gayle King, co-host of CBS Mornings, editor-at-large of Oprah Daily, and host of the live, weekly radio show titled “Gayle King in the House” on SiriusXM

Cronkite Award Honors Gayle King

Co-host of CBS Mornings, editor-at-large of Oprah Daily, and host of the live, weekly radio show titled “Gayle King in the House” on SiriusXM.

Walter Cronkite Award for
Excellence in Journalism Luncheon


February 21, 2023 • 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Sheraton Phoenix Downtown

Every year, a leading figure in journalism is presented with the prestigious Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism. The recipient list reads like a Who’s Who of the media world: Al Roker, Tom Brokaw, Ted Turner, Bob Woodward, Bill Moyers, Katharine Graham, Allen Neuharth, Don Hewitt, Helen Thomas, George Will, Ben Bradlee, Bernard Shaw and Roone Arledge, just to name a few.

Cronkite presented the first award in 1984 to two CBS legends who played influential roles in his extraordinary career: William Paley, founder of CBS, and Frank Stanton, longtime CBS president.

The Cronkite Award presentation at the Cronkite Luncheon has become one of the biggest and most anticipated events in the Phoenix metropolitan area each year, with leaders from the worlds of media, business and education joining Cronkite School students and faculty. About 1,000 people attend each year.

Gayle King, the award-winning co-host of “CBS Mornings,” has been chosen to receive the 39th Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism. King, also editor-at-large of Oprah Daily, hosts a live, weekly radio show titled “Gayle King in the House” on SiriusXM. Learn more.

Last year, more than 40 media outlets, communication agencies and individual industry leaders sponsored the 38th Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism, raising $228,000 to support student access and success.

Your gifts made all of this possible, and we thank you.

Your Contribution Impact

New gifts made possible a range of programs and scholarships that already are making a difference in the lives of students.

New scholarships that enable students to complete their education or enhance it by studying abroad

Journalism contest that will recognize the nation’s best reporting on underserved communities

Cronkite students interview a Native American woman.

Student reporting project that will document the health effects associated with a critical shortage of housing in AZ

People talking in front of a screen

A visiting professorship that brings professional visual journalists to the school each year to work with students