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Cronkite To Receive Columbia
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."