Flinn Scholars

Remembering an afternoon with Walter Cronkite

July 20, 2009

By Flinn Foundation

Not many Flinn Scholars are old enough to have watched the late Walter Cronkite’s broadcasts as anchor of the CBS Evening News.

But undoubtedly, all of the Scholars who attended an exclusive lecture and conversation with him in 1995 remember that afternoon vividly.

Scholar Jake Batsell (’92), a journalism major who was then the editor of the State Press, Arizona State University’s independent student newspaper, helped to arrange the meeting with Cronkite, who some years earlier had lent his name to the ASU School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

And because the giant of broadcast news suffered from some hearing loss, it fell to Jake to stand at Cronkite’s side during the Q&A session, relaying Scholars’ questions to him.