LAWRENCE – The William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications is announcing a change for William Allen White Day on April 20.
Television journalist Charlie Rose, who was scheduled to be the keynote speaker for William Allen White Day and receive the William Allen White Foundation National Citation award, is unable to attend for health reasons.
Journalist and political commentator Bob Schieffer will attend the event in his place, and Rose will receive the award in absentia. Also attending will be Judy Woodruff, anchor of PBS NewsHour, who will give a tribute to her friend and co-worker, Gwen Ifill, who was awarded the citation last year and died Nov. 14, 2016.
Schieffer is an Emmy Award-winning correspondent and TV host who has worked for CBS News since 1969.
The ceremony, which is at 3 p.m. April 20 in Woodruff Auditorium at the Kansas Union, is open to the public. The event will kick off with Schieffer participating in a Q&A interview with J-School student Jackson Kurtz.
The school’s scholarships and awards ceremony will immediately follow Woodruff’s tribute.
Schieffer has won almost every award in broadcast journalism including eight Emmys, the overseas Press Club Award, the Paul White Award presented by the TV News Directors Association, the Edward R. Murrow Award given by Murrow's alma mater, Washington State University, and in 2008 he was named a living legend by the Library of Congress.
Charlie Rose is anchor and executive editor of “Charlie Rose,” the nightly one-hour program that engages in one-on-one conversations and roundtable discussions, and the newly launched “Charlie Rose: The Week,” chronicling the best stories and interviews of the past seven days. He also co-anchors “CBS This Morning” and is a contributing correspondent to “60 Minutes.”
Woodruff, who previously worked at NBC and CNN, has received the Cine Lifetime Achievement award and the Edward R. Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award in Broadcast Journalism/Television, among other honors.
The William Allen White Foundation National Citation award comes from a vote of the trustees of the William Allen White Foundation and the journalism school, which is named in honor of White.
The William Allen White Foundation was founded in 1945, one year after the Kansas Board of Regents established the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at KU. The William Allen White Foundation has been recognizing individuals for outstanding journalistic service since 1950, but the first National Citation medallions were awarded in 1970.
Other notable recipients of the William Allen White Foundation National Citation include Cokie Roberts, Leonard Pitts Jr., Paul Steiger, Gerald Seib, Candy Crowley, Seymour Hersh, John Carroll, Walter Cronkite, Arthur Sulzberger, Helen Thomas, Charles Kuralt, Bernard Shaw, Bob Woodward, Molly Ivins, Gordon Parks, Bob Dotson, Frank Deford and Gwen Ifill. A complete list of recipients is at www.journalism.ku.edu/waw-award-list.
Photos, from top: Charlie Rose, Bob Schieffer, Judy Woodruff.