Cronkite Awards

Cronkite Award for Climate Reporting

In honor of the anniversary of Walter Cronkite’s passing on July 17, 2009,
The Stone Soup Leadership Institute calls for nominations for
the Cronkite Award for Climate Reporting. 

Earth Day
This coverage of the inaugural Earth Day celebration rallied
over 20 million Americans to launch the green movement.  

A lot of people have missed the point. The unanimous voice of the scientists warning that halfway measures and business as usual cannot possibly pull us back from the edge of this precipice.

Those who ignored Earth Day, well that’s one thing. Those who ignore the crisis of our planet, that’s quite another. The indifferent have missed the point – that to clean up the air and earth and water in the few years science says we have left to us, means personal involvement and personal sacrifice. America must undertake a revolution in its way of life – to scale down its standards of living.

Someday, the world will be a better place — if it listens and acts… to clean up the mess that each of us has made. What is at stake, and what is in question, is our survival.

This is Walter Cronkite.
CBS Special Report for the first Earth Day, 1970

We invite you to nominate journalists
(print, TV, and social media)
who are educating us about the global climate crisis
and how each one of us can take action
in our lives, communities, companies and our world.

About Walter Cronkite’s Leadership & The Stone Soup Leadership Institute


Upon his passing in 2009, the Institute launched the Walter Cronkite Award Ceremony to honor his wisdom and his leadership. At the gala event on Martha’s Vineyard. Awards were presented by Mr. Cronkite’s family to honor those who were using the power of the media to create positive change in the world.

On July 17, 2022, in honor of the anniversary of his passing in 2009, The Institute announced the Cronkite Award for Climate Reporting.