Cronkite School celebrates opening of new building
The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication celebrated the official grand opening of its new home in the hub of downtown Phoenix on Thursday.
Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, members of the Phoenix City Council, state legislators, ASU President Michael M. Crow and members of the Arizona Board of Regents were all on hand to dedicate the state-of-the-art building, described as the most technologically advanced journalism school in the country.
Only five years ago, Gordon and Crow envisioned a journalism school of the 21st century in the center of the country’s fifth largest city. In 2006,
Under a unique partnership between the city of
“What would you imagine the school of journalism for the 21st century American democracy to look like, feel like and be like?” Crow said. “You’re sitting in it right now.”
Gordon said the building was “unprecedented” in the country. “We really think this is going to be the most important catalyst for our city in the Valley,” he said.
Cronkite Dean Christopher Callahan thanked Gordon and Crow Thursday for their passion and support of the project and recognized the design team – Steven Ehrlich Architects, Sundt construction company and HDR, an architectural, engineering and consulting firm.
The celebration took place in the building’s central space, The First Amendment Forum, which Callahan called the most important part of the building. It’s a place, he said, “where we practice and celebrate our freedom of speech and freedom of the press each and every day.”
Callahan said it was fitting to have Lehrer and MacNeil present because Eight/KAET,
Regent Robert Bulla of the Arizona Board of Regents called it a great day for the school, ASU and the city of
Callahan read a letter from former CBS news anchor Walter Cronkite, who was unable to make the trip. With the new building, Cronkite wrote, “Everyone else knows what I always knew: