Friday, November 5, 2010

Woodward to receive Cronkite Award Nov. 18 in New Haven

NEW HAVEN — Investigative reporter and author Bob Woodward of the Washington Post will be presented with the Walter Cronkite Award to mark the 35th anniversary of Connecticut’s pioneering Freedom of Information Act.
The honor will be presented Nov. 18 at an FOI anniversary dinner at the Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale. The event is open to the public. For reservations, contact
Woodward will speak at the dinner, according to a statement.
"Bob Woodward perfectly personifies the spirit and mission of the Connecticut Freedom of Information Act," Daniel Klau, a Hartford attorney and president of the Connecticut Foundation for Open Government, which is organizing the anniversary event, said in a statement.

"The preeminent journalist’s dedication to the fullest exposure of the information the citizenry needs to make its critical decisions is legendary," Klau said, also in the statement.
"From exposing the assault on American constitutional values in the Watergate scandals through a long series of other journalistic efforts to more than 15 best-selling and incredibly informative non-fiction books, Bob Woodward has been an unrivaled leader in sustaining the people’s right to know about what its government and leaders are up to. He exemplifies the highest standards that define the Walter Cronkite Award," Klau said.
The award is presented every five years. Previous honorees include Cronkite, for whom the award was later named; PBS’ Jim Lehrer; and investigative reporter and Pulitzer Prize winner Seymour Hersch.

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