The Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism

This is a biennial award. The next call for entries will be in Fall 2020.

Why did Walter Cronkite give his name to these awards, some twenty years ago? He was troubled by the falling attention to campaign issues, and the rising tide of money for campaign ads. He was worried by the demise of civics in our schools. He was alarmed by the leaders that under-informed voters might elect. Watch this year’s awards ceremony and see how the 2019 winners honor his legacy.

Watch the 2019 Winning Entries

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT BY A NATIONAL JOURNALIST

Jacob Soboroff, NBC News/MSNBC

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A.C. Thompson, PBS Frontline

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NATIONAL NETWORK NEWS PROGRAM

CNN Parkland Town Hall

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NBC’s Meet the Press

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SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT FOR NATIONAL IMPACT

WSOC-TV, Charlotte, NC and reporter Joe Bruno

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BROOKS JACKSON PRIZE FOR FACT-CHECKING POLITICAL MESSAGES

KUSA 9News, Denver, CO

READ: The Annenberg Public Policy Center Announces the 2019 Brooks Jackson Prize Winner, KUSA 9News

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LOCAL BROADCAST STATION

KXAN-TV, Austin, TX

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WFAA, Dallas-Fort Worth, TX

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LOCAL INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT

Noah Pransky, WTSP-TV, St Petersburg, FL

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SPECIAL COMMENDATION FOR ENTERPRISE

Lilia Luciano, ABC10, Sacramento, CA

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LOCAL PUBLIC STATION

KCET, Los Angeles, CA

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LOCAL STATION GROUP

Hearst Television

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E.W. Scripps Company

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