Cronkite School Hall of Fame alumna receives President’s Award from LA Press Club

Thursday, June 30, 2022


Cronkite School alumna and Hall of Fame inductee Christine Devine received the 2022 President’s Award for Impact on Media from the Los Angeles Press Club at the 64th annual SoCal Journalism Awards Gala on June 25 at the Grand Ballroom, Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal City.

The award recognizes an individual member’s dedication of energy and effort on behalf of the Greater Los Angeles Press Club, and whose work has the most impact on the media. The Los Angeles Press Club has presented the award to distinguished journalists since its inception in 1994.

“We’re really proud of Christine and we appreciate all of the support that she’s given to the Cronkite School, ASU and all of the students,” said Cronkite School Dean Dr. Battinto L. Batts Jr. “Christine exemplifies what it means to be a proud Cronkite School graduate through her excellence and her generosity. She is an inspiration for all of Cronkite Nation.” 

Devine is a veteran television news anchor with Fox 11 Los Angeles and an active Cronkite School graduate who still works closely with the school and ASU. In 2007, she endowed the Christine Devine Scholarship, which provides scholarship support each year to students in the Cronkite School.

Devine also is an ASU Trustee and serves on ASU’s Los Angeles Leadership Council.

Devine said her continued support of the Cronkite School and ASU was inspired by a mentor who provided guidance in her career, taught her how to be successful in a big city and emphasized the importance of giving back to her alma mater.

Devine originally wanted to work in education, but journalism satisfied her desire “to be a student of the world.”

“My parents are both teachers and had lived in third world countries. I thought about being a teacher like my parents, but in news, you are a constant student of the world,” she said. 

Devine has also applied those lessons in her current city, receiving recognition from a number of organizations and agencies for her community service in the Los Angeles area.

Dean Batts and Christine Devine
Cronkite School Dean Dr. Battinto L. Batts Jr. and Christine Devine. Photos courtesy of Eddie DeVall, ASU Foundation.

In addition to the President’s Award, Devine has won numerous awards for her journalism work, including 16 Emmys, the Governors Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and the Lifetime Achievement Golden Mic from the Radio and Television News Association. 

Devine has dedicated much of her journalism career to aiding children in the foster care system due to her personal connection to the cause. Her parents adopted a child, as well as fostered five refugee children during her childhood. 

One of Devine’s most notable pieces of work is hosting the weekly Wednesday’s Child segment on Fox 11. The segment has been on the air for over 25 years and aims to bring light to foster children that are in need of homes in the LA area. Through this segment alone, more than 500 children have been adopted. 

Devine has also played reporter roles in a number of movies and television shows, including Cable Guy, Wag the Dog, American Horror Story and Beverly Hills, 90210.

  • 2022 LA Press Club Awards
  • 2022 LA Press Club Awards
  • Cronkite Hall of Fame member Christine Devine receives the 2022 President's Award from the Los Angeles Press Club

By Connor Fries