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Murrow Symposium returns virtually and in‑person

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PULLMAN, Wash.— The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication will hold the 46th annual Murrow Symposium on April 5-6, 2022. Symposium events will be broadcast virtually and will also return to in-person participation in the Compton Union Building of the WSU Pullman campus.

With a focus on advocating for under-represented groups, this Murrow Symposium will feature 24 sessions of keynotes, panel discussions, and hands-on workshops led by industry leaders from around the world. One-on-one coaching sessions and informational interviews with potential employers will be available to students, and WSU Photo services will provide free headshots for all who attend.

Ann Curry, an award-winning journalist and former NBC News Network anchor, will receive the Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award in Broadcast Journalism and give a keynote speech at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5.

“Each year, faculty members in the Murrow College of Communication consider nominations of potential recipients of this award who best reflect Murrow’s professional ideals and virtues,” said Bruce Pinkleton, dean of Murrow College at WSU. “In honoring Ann Curry with the 2022 Edward R. Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award in Broadcast Journalism, we recognize the remarkable quality and indispensable contributions of her work as a journalist. It’s especially appropriate to honor her in a year when our Symposium theme is ‘Elevate and Advocate, Communication for the Common Good.’”

Murrow alumni Enrique Cerna, Carolyn Sawyer, and Bill Stevens will also be honored as Hall of Achievement Award inductees and will accept their awards on Wednesday, April 6. Enrique Cerna is a veteran journalist who has worked in Seattle media for nearly 47 years and was appointed in 2020 to the Washington State University Board of Regents. Carolyn Sawyer worked for 20 years as a television reporter, anchor, and producer before launching a successful international marketing communication firm. Bill Stevens has worked at Washington State for 17 years in Cougar Athletics and is responsible for the overall communications strategy for the athletic department.

Students, faculty, staff, and community members from all disciplines are welcome and may register for free to attend virtually or in-person. Event details are available on the Murrow College Symposium website and social media channels.

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