Bob Costas

(Left to right) CEO of Republic Media John Misner, Cronkite student Liz Kotalik, and 2012 Cronkite Award recipient Bob Costas. Photo by Molly J. Smith.

Molly J Smith

Award-winning sportscaster Bob Costas praised the “timeless virtues” exemplified by Walter Cronkite as he accepted the 2012 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism at Arizona State University on Oct. 30.

Christopher Callahan, dean of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, presented Costas with the 29th annual award, given each year by the school to recognize a distinguished journalist who embodies the values of the school’s namesake: excellence, integrity, accuracy, fairness, and objectivity.

Costas was honored at a luncheon attended by nearly 1,100 students, media leaders, business executives, civic leaders and Cronkite School supporters at the Sheraton Phoenix downtown hotel.

At the luncheon, Costas encouraged students to hold fast to the standards set by Cronkite.

Costas, who interviewed Walter Cronkite on his late-night interview program “Later with Bob Costas,” was very humbled to receive recognition that bears Cronkite’s name.

Prior to the luncheon, Cronkite students gathered in the school’s First Amendment Forum for a question-and-answer session with Costas. He advised students to distinguish themselves as journalists by taking advantage of every opportunity to develop their craft.


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