CNN anchor inducted into Cronkite Alumni Hall of Fame

October 29, 2012

CNN International anchor and host Becky Anderson is the 2012 Cronkite Alumni Hall of Fame inductee.

Anderson, who earned a master’s degree from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in 1994, hosts CNN International’s “Connect the World,” the network’s flagship news and current affairs program. In this role, she has interviewed many prominent world leaders, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Afghan President Hamid Karzai, South African President Jacob Zuma and Mexican President Felipe Calderón.    Download Full Image

In addition, Anderson frequently covers breaking news around the world for CNN. In 2011, she reported from Greece on that country’s anti-austerity riots, from Tunisia on the Arab Spring uprising and from France on the G-20 summit held in Cannes. She also hosted the network’s coverage of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks from Ground Zero in New York.

A native of Britain, Anderson hosted CNN’s coverage of the country’s 2010 elections and helped lead coverage of the July 7, 2005, terror attacks in London. She anchored CNN’s coverage of the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict from Beirut and has played a key role in the network’s coverage of the war in Iraq. She also led CNN’s London-based coverage of the 2004 U.S. presidential election, the G-20 protests and the marriage of Prince Charles and Camilla.

Anderson, who also holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and French from Sussex University, began her journalism career in Arizona as a reporter for various business publications. She held positions with ITN, CNBC Europe and Bloomberg before joining CNN in 1999.

 “I can’t think of a better role model for our young journalists at the Cronkite School than Becky Anderson,” said Christopher Callahan, dean of the Cronkite School. “Her comprehensive, objective and fearless coverage of the world sets a tremendous example for Cronkite students.”  

Anderson credited the Cronkite School with launching her journalism career.

“The two years I had at ASU really set me up for my career,” she said.  

Anderson also is one of the school’s Hearst Visiting Professionals this semester. She is the 45th inductee into the Cronkite Alumni Hall of Fame.

Reporter , ASU Now


Happe named Pac-12 Men's Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year

October 29, 2012

Arizona State University track and field and cross country standout Nick Happe was named the Pac-12 Men’s Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the Conference office announced on Saturday at the Pac-12 Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships.

The award, which is presented in each of the 22 sports the Conference sponsors, was established to honor collegiate student-athletes that are standouts both academically and in their sports discipline. Download Full Image

A native of St. Charles, Mo., Nick Happe finished in the top 25 of the NCAA West Region race to earn all-region honors in 2011. He is the school’s indoor track & field record holder in the mile, running in a time of 3:58.78 in 2011, eventually earning second team All-America nods last year. He has also posted the third-fastest indoor times in school history in the 3,000 meters (7:55.08) and 5,000 meters (13:54.15).

Happe earned his first All-Conference honors on Saturday courtesy of an 11th-place run at the Pac-12 Championships, earning second-team accolades in the process and leading the team to a strong fourth-place finish at the event.

A finance major with a 4.09 cumulative grade point average, Happe was a first team Academic All-Pac-12 honoree in cross country in 2010 and 2011, while also earning first team honors on the track and field all-academic squad. He also earned a spot on the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s (USTFCCCA) All-Academic squad in 2011 and 2012, and was voted a third team CoSIDA Academic All-American last year, an award that is voted on by the nation’s College Sports In

Happe’s honor marks the third time in the last five years that a Sun Devil has earned the Pac-12 Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year honor.  Brandon Bethke earned the award in 2009 while Jenna Kingma did so in 2008.

Happe is next slated to compete at the NCAA West Regional Championships in Seattle, Wash., on November 9.

About the award
In order to be eligible for the Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, student-athletes must be a senior (in athletics eligibility) on track to receive a degree, have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, participate in at least 50 percent of the scheduled contests in the sport and have a minimum one year in residence at the institution. Each Pac-12 institution may nominate one individual per sport, and the winners are selected by a committee of Pac-12 staff members at the conclusion of each sport’s regular season. The athletics accomplishments of the nominees are a consideration in voting for the award.

A Scholar-Athlete of the Year will be named in each of the Pac-12’s 22 sponsored sports: baseball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s cross country, women’s cross country, football, men’s golf, women’s golf, women’s gymnastics, men’s rowing, women’s rowing, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, softball, men’s swimming & diving, women’s swimming & diving, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, men’s track & field, women’s track & field, women’s volleyball, and wrestling. The award was first established during the 2008-09 academic year.

Britt Lewis

Interim Communications Director, ASU Library