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Cronkite To Receive Columbia Journalism Award

Presentation of Graduate School's Highest Honor Helps Celebrate Students' Graduation
Walter Cronkite, former anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News, will receive the 1997 Columbia Journalism Award, the highest honor given by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. It will be presented by the school's acting dean, Sandy Padwe, Tuesday, May 20, at 7 P.M. ceremonies in the Levien Gymnasium on the Columbia campus. Mr. Cronkite will speak. The event celebrates the students of the school who will be awarded their master's degrees in journalism the following day at the University's commencement exercises. Mr. Cronkite has been a journalist for more than 60 years, the last 46 affiliated with CBS News, where he headed the CBS Evening News for almost 19 years. He has been a special correspondent since 1981. When he departed the nightly news his integrity and professional skill and his contributions to broadcast news and journalism were praised around the world. Last year his autobiography, A Reporter's Life, was published by Knopf. The faculty of the Journalism School also presented a special citation to The Grand Forks Herald and its publisher, Michael A. Maidenberg, "for their heroic service to the people of North Dakota and Minnesota during the 1997 Red River Flood." 5.15.97 19,130