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Walter Cronkite, America’s news anchor, dies at 92


July 17, 2009

The following statements are in response to the death of former CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite, the namesake of Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The Cronkite School is commemorating Cronkite’s life and career in a special tribute on its Web site at http://cronkite.asu.edu/rememberingcronkite.

Dr. Michael M. Crow
President, Arizona State University

"Walter Cronkite's legacy will be experienced for years to come through the ASU school that bears his name. Students who learn the craft of journalism at the university are held to the same basic tenants that Cronkite exemplified throughout his career – accuracy, timeliness and fairness. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family and friends at this difficult time."

Christopher Callahan
Dean, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication

“Walter Cronkite was and will always be journalism’s gold standard. He embodied – better than anyone before him or since – the very best attributes of great journalism: accuracy, objectivity, fairness, truth-telling. For the past 25 years, Walter served as the intellectual and inspirational guiding light for the school that so proudly bears his name. The Cronkite School’s foundation is built on Walter’s journalistic values and personal integrity.

“One of the great pleasures in my life has been watching Walter together with his students. Though separated by generations, the bonds are deep and real. Walter told a group of Cronkite students during his last visit to campus how much he cherished them and the school. And they knew he meant it, because they felt the same way.

“We lost today not only a great journalist, but a great man and a dear friend. The faculty, students, staff, board and supporters of the Cronkite School will all miss him deeply. But if we – through our teaching of the next generation of journalists – hold dear each and every day the values of integrity, objectivity and truth-telling that Walter embodied, then we will provide Walter the kind of permanent legacy that he so richly deserves.”

 

For more information on the passing and legacy of Walter Cronkite, visit the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at http://cronkite.asu.edu/rememberingcronkite.