Christiane Amanpour, the award-winning foreign correspondent and anchor of ABC's "This Week with Christiane Amanpour," will be the 2011 recipient of the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism, Arizona State University announced this week.
Amanpour will accept the award, given by the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, at a luncheon ceremony Nov. 17.
Before joining ABC News last year, Amanpour was an international correspondent for CNN for 20 years. She specialized in reports from some of the globe's most dangerous regions, including war-torn areas such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, Somalia, the Palestinian territories, Rwanda and the Balkans.
"This is an extraordinary honor," Amanpour said from her New York office. "I met the great man and benefitted enormously from his wisdom. He was known as Uncle Walter to generations of Americans because he won their trust with his unwavering integrity and by remaining rooted in real reporting ... I am grateful to the Cronkite School for training future generations of journalists, the kind that would pass muster with Uncle Walter!"