ASU’s J-School Honors Namesake: Walter Cronkite

By Andrew Gauthier 

ASU News

Walter Cronkite‘s life, work and dedication to journalism were remembered during a daylong tribute Wednesday at the school that bears his name–the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at ASU.
Cronkite, who died July 17, had a 25-year relationship with the school, which was named for him in 1984.

About 250 students, faculty, journalists and members of the public gathered in the school’s forum to watch live satellite interviews of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bob Woodward of the Washington Post, PBS news host Jim Lehrer and former CNN anchor Bernard Shaw, all past winners of the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism. Former CNN anchor Aaron Brown, who now serves as the Walter Cronkite Professor of Journalism at ASU, conducted the interviews.

The journalists recalled how Cronkite broke new ground in broadcast journalism during coverage of stories such as Watergate and earned the trust of America in the process.

“He had the most trust of anybody of his time,” Lehrer said. More…