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.
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.”