Walter Cronkite to Receive
Lifetime Achievement Award at News World
(Banff, Alberta, Canada, September 22, 2003)
Voted the "Most Trusted Man in America", celebrated news anchor Walter Cronkite will be honored with a special Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's News World International in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the television news industry. Mr. Cronkite will receive his award during a special presentation at News World, October 21 to 23, 2003 at the Burlington Hotel in Dublin, Ireland.
"I am delighted and honored to receive this award and look forward to enjoying some stimulating journalistic debate in Dublin," commented Mr. Cronkite. In addition to receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award, Mr. Cronkite will take part in a platform conversation focusing on the main issue of debate at this year's event - "How the News Media Dealt with the War in Iraq".
Past recipients of the News World Lifetime Achievement Award include Roone Arlidge, Sir David Nicholas and Sir David Frost.
Walter Cronkite's career in journalism spans more than 60 years covering almost every major news event around the world during that time. From 1950 to 1981 he served as news correspondent with CBS, first as the network's Washington affiliate and then nationally as the host of the CBS series You Are There. In 1962 he became managing editor and anchor of the CBS Evening News which began as a 15-minute broadcast. One year later, it debuted as network television's first half-hour, weeknight news broadcast with Mr. Cronkite's headline-making interview with President John F. Kennedy.
Mr. Cronkite retired in 1981 and following his departure from CBS Evening News, he hosted several acclaimed CBS documentary programs, including the Emmy Award-winning Children of Apartheid and the CBS News science magazine series Walter Cronkite's Universe. In 1985 he was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame.
Mr. Cronkite is the only journalist to be voted among the top ten "most influential decision-makers in America" and was named "the most influential person" in surveys conducted by U.S. News and World Report. In 1995, a nationwide viewer opinion survey voted him the "Most Trusted Man in America".
News World International is the world's premier annual independent news forum of the international broadcast community, created by journalists for journalists. It is managed by Banff Media Enterprises, a division of the Banff Television Foundation, the internationally recognized organizer and presenter of high quality electronic media events including the Banff Television Festival. In 1991 Walter Cronkite was the recipient of BANFF's prestigious Award of Excellence at the Festival.

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