The Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism

The Norman Lear Center is now conducting the 10th biennial Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism. The award encourages and showcases coverage that contributes to the health of America’s democratic institutions. It recognizes television journalism that helps viewers understand who the candidates, issues and ballot propositions are; how electoral choices will affect their lives; how to assess campaign information, including advertising; and how to register, vote and make their own voices heard.

The award ceremony and symposium will be held April 26, 2019 at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. and will recognize work produced during the 2017-2018 election season.

The Lear Center will again partner with the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania which is presenting the Brooks Jackson Prize for Fact Checking Political Messages, recognizing broadcast journalists’ best practices in reducing the level of deception and confusion in U.S. political ads. The prize is named for the founding director of

From 2005, view Walter’s prescient speech about elections, journalists and political knowledge in America: