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 “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.
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