Cronkite honored for activism

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AUGUST 3 - Television news journalist Walter Cronkite, who rose to fame during his nearly 20-year tenure as anchor of the CBS Evening News, recently received the International SeaKeepers Society’s 2006 SeaKeeper Award.

The award was presented to Cronkite, who is 89, during the society’s annual Showboats Rendezvous in Monaco in June, the society says. The award is presented each year to an individual who has exhibited a lifelong commitment to marine conservation.

During his years as a journalist Cronkite, also a lifelong sailor, frequently reported on environmental issues and produced a number of award-winning documentaries and special reports about the ecological health of the planet. The society calls Cronkite “a passionate defender of the environment.”

Cronkite’s experiences at sea aboard his 48-foot yacht, Wyntje, have been the subjects of four nautical books, the society says. Cronkite, often referred to as the “most trusted man in America,” in 1997 donated Wyntje to a youth program organized by the Associated Marine Institute, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping young people to increase self-esteem through responsibility and accountability. He recently took delivery of a new 64-foot yacht, also called Wyntje, which he sails along the East Coast and in the Caribbean.

— Jason Fell