The Murrow Symposium is an annual program that acknowledges exceptional achievement in communication, celebrates scholarship, and connects students to industry professionals. The symposium began more than 35 years ago as a panel discussion and lecture series designed to honor the legacy of Edward R. Murrow, who is regarded as a broadcasting icon for his news reporting skills and for the ethical standards he brought to his craft.
Since the 1990s, the Murrow College has honored the achievements of top leaders in the communication industry at the symposium. The event includes a public address on campus, usually given by the honoree, to highlight the symposium. Previous recipients of the Murrow Award include Ted Koppel (2011), Helen Thomas (2009), Tom Brokaw (2006), the late Peter Jennings (2004), the late Daniel Pearl (2003), Sir Howard Stringer (2002), Daniel Schorr (2002), Christiane Amanpour (2002), Bernard Shaw (2001), Ted Turner (2000), Keith Jackson (1999), Al Neuharth (1999), Walter Cronkite (1998), Frank Blethen (1998), and Sam Donaldson (1997). See a complete listing here.
The symposium also includes workshops for students and media professionals presented by communication industry leaders. The University’s top communication students and donors to the college are recognized in an informal reception program.