Scott Pelley has been named the 2016 recipient of the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism. Pelley, Anchor and Managing Editor of the “CBS Evening News” and a Correspondent for “60 Minutes,” will receive the 33rd Cronkite Award, given by ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at a ceremony Monday, Nov. 21 at the Sheraton Grand Phoenix hotel. He will also broadcast the “CBS Evening News” that day live from the Cronkite School on ASU’s downtown Phoenix campus.
“Walter became known as ‘Uncle Walter’ to an admiring audience, but he was truly like an uncle to me. In our conversations, he pressed me to be honest with the audience, skeptical of conventional wisdom and grateful for my family. His advice and his example are more urgent today than at any time,” Pelley said. “I’m greatly humbled by this recognition from the Cronkite School because it comes in the name of a man I knew, admired and loved.”