That’s The Way It Was
Walter Cronkite, Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) news correspondent and anchor man, delivered the 20th annual William Allen White Memorial lecture March 24 in Hoch Auditorium to a capacity crowd. Dolph Simons, Jr., president of the White Foundation and publisher of the Lawrence Journal-World, presented Cronkite with the White Award for journalistic merit. The day’s activities also included a morning press conference in the Kansas Union Forum Room and an evening banquet attended primarily by those in the journalism fields. This was followed by a question-and-answer period in which Cronkite predicted the increased availability of UHF channels and in which he lauded the efforts of truly objective reporting. Cronkite is known for his coverage of political conventions, the nation’s space effort, in-depth reporting for hour-long programs, election nights and international broadcasts via satellite. After his speech, Cronkite chatted with students.