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For nearly 20 years , broadcaster Walter Cronkite was the most trusted man in America. Not long after he retired, he founded the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University in Phoenix. In 1985, the first Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism was awarded. The first winner(s) were William Paley, founded of CBS, and Frank Stanton, former president of CBS. The complete list of winners is included in the link below:
This year's award was just given to NBC's Lester Holt. He acknowledged that it's a challenging time for "mainstream media", but he embraces the term. This is part of what he had so say in an interview after the award ceremony:
"It’s tough out there. You may admire or revile President Donald Trump. But there is no questioning that his nonstop attack on legitimate media has changed the game completely. Trustworthy news sources are challenged by cries of “fake news” whenever there’s a story Trump or his base don’t like, and it has had a trickle-down effect. Now nearly everyone uses the term."
Not too many years ago, the title of "the most trusted man in America was conferred on a man who didn't even do real news, Jon Stewart. He may be retired, but he is still a positive force in our society, and his efforts on behalf of New York's First Responders are a reminder that even one citizen can make a big difference in our society.
By 2013, the "most trusted man in America" was Bill Clinton.
Last year, the title was passed to Anderson Cooper: