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NEW YORK, N.Y. — On Tuesday, Nov. 26, Sir Howard Stringer, chairman and chief executive officer of Sony Corporation of America, will be presented the Edward R. Murrow Award for International and Intercultural Communication from Washington State University President Dr. V. Lane Rawlins, and faculty of the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication.
The guest list for the “by invitation only” awards luncheon is the “who’s who” of broadcast communication and includes Tom Brokaw (NBC News), Connie Chung (CNN), Andrew Heyward (CBS News), Don Hewitt (60 Minutes), Casey Murrow, son of journalist Edward R. Murrow, Tom Shales (Washington Post), Harry Smith (CBS This Morning) and Mike Wallace (60 Minutes).
The School of Communication at WSU bears another famous name associated with broadcasting. Edward R. Murrow, was a graduate of the school and perhaps the most respected reporter in broadcast history.
The Murrow Award recognizes a person or organization exemplifying, through service or performance, the professional ideals of Edward R. Murrow. Each year at a symposium and scholarship dinner, the school recognizes a journalist who exemplifies the standards Murrow set during his career. Earlier this year, Christiane Amanpour, CNN’s Chief international correspondent accepted the Edward R. Murrow 2002 Award for Distinguished Achievement in Broadcast Journalism. In April 2002, The Murrow Award for Lifetime Achievement was presented to Daniel Schorr, senior news analyst for National Public Radio. Previous award winners include: Bernard Shaw, Ted Turner, Keith Jackson, Al Neuharth, Walter Cronkite, Frank Blethen and Sam Donaldson.
“Sir Howard Stringer’s name deserves to be among this elite group,” said Alex Tan, Director of the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication at Washington State. “Stringer exemplifies the vision and accomplishment deserving of this award. “Considering his impressive list of journalistic accomplishments and honors, his achievements in the realm of technology and international commerce are doubly impressive.”
After joining Sony Corporation of America (SCA) as president in May 1997, Sir Howard Stringer became chairman and chief executive officer in December 1998, responsible for Sony Music Entertainment Inc. (SME), Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE), Sony Electronics Inc., as well as Sony’s extensive Internet and new media interests and its retail and location-based entertainment businesses in the United States.*
Stringer was chairman and CEO of TELE-TV, the media and technology company formed by Bell Atlantic, NYNEX and Pacific Telesis, from February 1995 to April 1997. Prior to that, Mr. Stringer had a distinguished 30-year career as a journalist, producer and executive at CBS Inc.
A native of Cardiff, Wales, Sir Howard received the title of Knight Bachelor in the New Year Honours list of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on Dec. 31, 1999. He holds a B.A. and an M.A. in modern history from Oxford University. He became a U.S. citizen in 1985.