Acclaimed TV reporter and author Charlayne Hunter-Gault will be presented with the Stone Soup Leadership Institute’s 2012 Walter Cronkite Award on August 2.
Ms. Hunter-Gault, a part-time resident of the Island, has been a TV reporter for CNN and The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, and is author of the new book, To The Mountaintop: My Journey Through the Civil Rights Movement.
Vineyard youth Shavanae Anderson will receive the Youth Award. Ms. Anderson filmed and co-produced the video Passing the Torch in honor of Amnesty International’s 50th Anniversary with Harry Belafonte, Rose Styron and Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. The video premiered at the 2011 Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival.
The Stone Soup Leadership Institute, a nonprofit educational organization, presents awards each year to one young person and one adult who use the power of media to build a more educated and sustainable world. The awards are given in honor of Mr. Cronkite, who served as honorary chairperson for the Stone Soup Leadership Institute for more than a decade.
Nick Clooney, a former CBS anchor, journalist and television host, will headline a tribute to Mr. Cronkite at the August 2 ceremony. Mr. Clooney participated in the 2009 CBS memorial service for Mr. Cronkite at Lincoln Center. Excerpts from a video produced for the occasion will be played at the event.
Jeffrey Kramer, executive producer at CBS Network Television and CBS Studios Inc., will introduce Mr. Cronkite’s daughter, Kathy, who will present the awards.
The ceremony will take place at 5 p.m. at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown. A reception will follow at the Edgartown waterfront home of Kim and Drew Conway.