Peabody Award-Winning Prof. Calder Pickett Dies
Former KU Journalism Professor Calder Pickett died on October 29, 2013. He was 92.
Pickett retired from KU in 1988 after 37 years teaching in the School of Journalism. Many journalism students will remember their History of American Journalism classes under the professor. He won the H.O.P.E Award in 1976, a teaching award that is selected by students.
He also used a lot of the same information from his History of Journalism class for his public radio show “The American Past” for which he won a Peabody Award in 1973. His show was featured on KANU Radio for 32 years, producing more than 1,500 shows.
Born in Providence, Utah, in 1921, he began his career in journalism working as a printing apprentice and later attended Northwestern University, receiving a Master’s Degree in Journalism. He received a doctorate in American Studies from the University of Minnesota.
Before joining the KU faculty in 1951, Pickett taught at Utah State University and the University of Denver. He also worked for the Kansas City Star, Lawrence Journal-World, Kansas City Times and the Topeka Capital-Journal.