Cronkite Awards


Bob Schieffer helps pay tribute to Walter Cronkite on the Vineyard
August 10, 2014
By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

“Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer headlined a tribute to late great CBS anchor Walter Cronkite on Martha’s Vineyard the other day. The event was held at Cronkite’s former home, now owned by Karen and David Brush, and the newsman’s beloved sailboat Wyntje, now owned by “Inspector Gadget” co-creator Andy Heyward, was moored just off shore. As part of the event, Cronkite’s grandson, CBS associate producer Walter Cronkite IV, presented the 2014 Cronkite Award to legendary oceanographer Sylvia Earle and Vineyard-based photographer/writer Sam Low.

Walter Cronkite Awards honor renowned oceanographer and local anthropologist
August 6, 2014
By Janet Hefler

The Stone Soup Leadership Institute (SSLI) honored oceanographer Sylvia Earle, and Sam Low of Oak Bluffs, an award-winning documentary filmmaker, at the 5th Annual Walter Cronkite Awards Ceremony and reception Tuesday night. About 150 guests attended the $150 per ticket event in support of SSLI’s Martha’s Vineyard Youth Leadership Initiative (MVYLI), held on the grounds of Mr. Cronkite’s former home in Edgartown, now owned by Karen and David Brush. 

Awards Event Honors Cronkite Legacy
August 7, 2014
By Meg Robbins

Guests gathered for the fifth annual Walter Cronkite awards ceremony and reception on Tuesday, beneath an ivory tent on the front lawn of Karen and David Brush’s Edgartown home. The house, once belonging to the late CBS news anchorman, was a particularly special venue, but it was not the only trace of Mr. Cronkite’s legacy present on Tuesday night. His grandson, Walter Cronkite 4th, now an associate producer for CBS News, was in attendance to present the awards to two distinguished guests: Sylvia Earle and Sam Low.

Sylvia Earle and Sam Low Win Cronkite Award as Mission Blue Debuts on Martha’s Vineyard
August 7, 2014
By Martha Shaw

Award recipient Dr. Sylvia A. Earle is a world-famous ocean pioneer and former chief scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) who has spent her life exploring the world’s oceans and sharing her boundless curiosity for what lies beneath the surface of sea-once a glass ceiling for women scientists. In 2009, she formed Mission Blue as a collaborative platform to ignite public support for a global network of marine protected areas large enough to save and restore the “blue heart” of the planet, known as Hope Spots.