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Cronkite Student Takes First in National Radio Competition

January 12, 2006

Michiko Howlett, a Cronkite student and news director of the campus radio station, won first place for radio feature reporting in the nation’s most prestigious intercollegiate journalism competition, the Hearst Awards.

In addition to Howlett’s first place taking, sophomore Sam Gavin took seventh in radio, senior Ian Schwartz placed eighth in TV feature reporting category and senior Monique Griego placed 13th in TV.

Each year at the Hearst Awards, Cronkite students consistently demonstrate a high caliber of talent and ability,” said Christopher Callahan, dean of the Cronkite School. “Our students’ passion for journalism, combined with compelling curriculum and esteemed faculty, help make our program one of the best in the country.”

2005-2006 Results of the Hearst Awards Broadcast Feature Reporting Competition:

1. Brigham Young University
2. Arizona State University
3. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
4. University of Nebraska, Lincoln
5. Syracuse University
6. Western Kentucky University
7. Texas Christian University
8. Northwestern University
9. University of Illinois
10. Pennsylvania State University / Hofstra University (tie)

ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication is a nationally accredited school that focuses on professional journalism education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The Cronkite School, which was named in honor of longtime CBS news anchor Walter Cronkite in 1984, has finished in the top 10 of the highly competitive Hearst intercollegiate journalism awards for the past four years.