Ann Curry to receive Lifetime Achievement Award at Murrow Symposium

First female reporter at station in Oregon; humanitarian reporting work spans across the globe



Award-winning journalist Ann Curry will receive the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Murrow Symposium.

SAM TAYLOR, Evergreen managing editor

The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication announced they will recognize award-winning journalist Ann Curry at the 2022 Murrow Symposium.

Curry’s most prolific work includes her global humanitarian reporting and her interviews with world leaders such as Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama, according to the symposium’s website

Curry was the first major network news anchor to report on the refugee crisis caused by the genocide in Kosovo in 1999, according to a WSU Insider article.

She also visited the Republic of Sudan three times between March 2006 and March 2007 to report on the violence and ethnic cleansing occurring in Darfur and Chad, according to a WSU Insider article

Curry began her career in 1978 as an intern for KTVL in Medford, Oregon. She eventually became the station’s first female news reporter. She was a news reporter and anchor for KGW in Portland beginning in 1980, and a reporter for KCBS-TV in Los Angeles beginning in 1984.

Curry won two of her seven Emmy Awards at KCBS, including one for her coverage of the Whittier Narrows earthquake in 1987 and one for her coverage of the San Bernardino gas pipeline explosion, according to the symposium’s website.

“Curry’s work stands as a testament to using communication for the common good,” Murrow College Dean Bruce Pinkleton said in a WSU Insider article.

Curry joins her NBC colleague Lester Holt, NPR’s Melissa Block and Robert Siegel, former CBS anchors Walter Cronkite and Dan Rather, the ProPublica newsroom and 22 other journalists as a recipient of the award, according to the symposium’s website.

The Murrow Symposium is an annual event that connects students in the Murrow College of Communication with industry professionals. It is primarily hosted at the WSU Pullman campus but will feature virtual elements as well, according to the symposium’s website.