Charlayne Hunter-Gault to Receive 2012 Walter Cronkite Award


The Stone Soup Leadership Institute (SSLI), a nonprofit educational organization founded on Martha’s Vineyard in 1997, will hold its third annual Walter Cronkite Awards ceremony on Thursday, August 2, at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown.

The SSLI develops educational tools, programs, and Youth summits for young adults to promote leadership and sustainability, according to a press release. The awards honor one young person and one adult who have utilized media to make a positive impact in the areas of education or sustainability.

Charlayne Hunter-Gault, author and journalist, will recieve the Cronkite Award. Island resident 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.

Nick Clooney, the former CBS anchor, journalist, and television host will headline a tribute to Walter Cronkite. The event will feature excerpts from CBS’s Memorial Service video for Mr. Cronkite, produced in 2009.

Kim and Drew Conway will host a reception at their Edgartown home immediately following the ceremony. For more information or to RSVP online visit