The Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism

The Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism encourages and showcases substantive, innovative coverage that informs viewers about their electoral choices.

WATCH the 2017 panel discussion “Enemies of the People?” with Jorge Ramos, Jake Tapper, Katy Tur and Brian Stelter, moderated by Lear Center Director Marty Kaplan or READ THE FULL TRANSCRIPT.

At the awards event in 2005, Cronkite warned that “it’s going to be, to a large degree, up to us in television and radio, in broadcasting” to equip Americans “to perform the act of intelligently selecting our leaders…. If we fail at that, our democracy, our republic is, I think, in serious danger.”

WATCH the awards ceremony featuring all national and local winners:

Read the full PRESS RELEASE and view winning entries below. The trophies were presented at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Friday, April 28, 2017.


National Individual Achievement

Jorge Ramos, Univision and Fusion

Katy Tur

Jake Tapper, CNN

National Network Program

Reliable Sources, CNN


Station Group

Hearst Television

The E.W. Scripps Company

Local Broadcast Station

WXIA, Atlanta

KXAN-TV, Austin


Local Individual Achievement – Small Market

Sabrina Ahmed, West Des Moines, Iowa


Local Individual Achievement – Large Market

Brandon Rittiman, KUSA, Denver


Special Commendation for Local Investigative Journalism

Marshall Zelinger, KMGH-TV Denver


Special Commendation for Voter Education

KCETLink Media Group

Brooks Jackson Prize for Fact Checking

The E.W. Scripps Company

KUSA, Denver

about the remarkable life and career of Walter Cronkite: