The Walter Cronkite Memorial at Missouri Western State University will host a performance of the live multimedia production “Cronkite” at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 8 in the Kemper Recital Hall, adjacent to the Memorial inside Spratt Hall. The performance is free and open to the public.
“Cronkite” is a 24-minute live presentation that recreates some of the most memorable moments covered by Walter Cronkite during his career as reporter and news anchor. Award-winning actor Jim Korinke brings Cronkite to life on stage, while video, still photographs and audio depict the events he is discussing. The show was conceived and edited by Dr. Robert Vartabedian, Missouri Western’s president.
Saturday’s performance is part of the Missouri College Media Association Convention at Missouri Western April 7 and 8.
Walter Cronkite was born in St. Joseph on Nov. 4, 1916. He went on to become arguably the most influential journalist of the twentieth century, serving as the anchor of the CBS Evening News from 1962 to 1981. The Walter Cronkite Memorial was dedicated at Missouri Western on what would have been his 97th birthday in 2013. The Memorial includes images and videos of Cronkite’s life and the many historic events he covered, unique memorabilia, and a replica of the newsroom from which he broadcast the news.
Missouri Western State University is a comprehensive regional university providing a blend of traditional liberal arts and professional degree programs. The university offers student-centered, high quality instruction that focuses on experience-based learning, community service, and state-of-the-art technology. Missouri Western is located in St. Joseph, Mo., and is committed to the educational, economic, cultural and social development of the region it serves. Visit www.missouriwestern.edu.