By Associated Press - Monday, December 7, 2020

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona State University announced Monday that Dean Baquet, the first Black executive editor to lead both The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, will be presented with this year’s Walter Cronkite Award for excellence in journalism.

Baquet will receive the 37th annual award from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication during a March 25 virtual ceremony.

The New York Times has won 16 Pulitzer Prizes during Baquet’s tenure as executive editor.

The newspaper shared a Pulitzer with the Washington Post in 2018 for coverage of Russian interference in the 2016 election and its connections to the Trump campaign, transition team and administration.

Baquet became managing editor of the Los Angeles Times in 2000, serving in that role for five years before assuming the executive editor position. During his time as managing editor and top editor, the newspaper won 13 Pulitzer Prizes.

Baquet returned to The New York Times in 2007 as Washington bureau chief and then managing editor. He was named executive editor in 2014.

The Cronkite School, named after the late CBS News anchor, has honored a prominent journalist annually since 1984.

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