Individual 1980

Personal Award: Walter Cronkite

Walter Cronkite has distinguished himself with a pacesetting career in broadcast journalism, exemplifying dedication and professionalism in bringing information to the public with competence and impartiality. Understandably, he has described himself as “a journalist 100 percent.” His pioneering work as television’s first anchorman brought him universal trust and respect, and gave him an awesome power which he has used with the utmost care and discretion. In his distinguished career, Walter Cronkite has established a standard of excellence for television news which served both the public and the industry. He is also recognized for his untiring efforts to defend our freedoms guaranteed in the First Amendment. For these reasons and many more, a Peabody Award to Walter Cronkite.