ASU Pays Tribute to a Pillar of Its Journalism School

sylvesterThis coming Saturday afternoon at Arizona State University, a two-hour celebration will be held to honor the memory of long-time journalism professor Edward J. Sylvester. The man who helped shape the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism into one of the nation’s best passed away November 8, at age 72, from cancer.

Prior to joining ASU in 1980, Sylvester worked for the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal and Arizona Daily Star. Over the years, one of his articles and several books were submitted for Pulitzer Prize consideration. From ASU’s tribute piece:

With former Cronkite School director Douglas A. Anderson, Sylvester helped craft a successful proposal for one of the first Knight Chairs in Journalism, an endowed professorship currently held by Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Doig, who teaches data journalism.

“I owe my career at the Cronkite School to Ed’s visionary understanding that data journalism would be a necessary part of a modern journalism curriculum,” Doig said. “He was among the first journalism educators to teach such a course, starting even before the World Wide Web was invented.”

Although Sylvester retired in 2013, he continued to teach courses both online and occasionally in the classroom. RIP.

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