Jack Anderson 'amused, touched' by Distinguished Service Award
the USU department of journalism and communication
Students, faculty and friends of Utah State University's department of journalism and communication were able to enjoy more than London broil and chocolate cake during an awards banquet Friday at the Wyndham Hotel in Salt Lake City -- they were treated to an entertaining and arousing monologue by Pulitzer Prize-winner Jack Anderson.
"You may detect some shaking," Anderson said after receiving the inaugural Distinguished Service to Journalism Award from department head Ted Pease. "You may also get some drooling and some tearing even though I'm not crying.
"The doctor tells me this is Parkinson's -- I suspect it is 52 years in Washington."
Friday's appearance in Salt Lake City was the second time Anderson had addressed students and faculty of USU's journalism and communication department this year. Anderson also spoke in September as part of the department's Media & Society Lecture Series.
Anderson, joined by dignitaries such as U.S. Sen. Bob Bennett and KSL-TV's Shelley Osterloh, received the award for his 52 years of investigative journalism in Washington, D.C.
"No one has exposed more political corruption than Jack Anderson," narrator and journalism historian Michael S. Sweeney explained during More Than a Watchdog ... a Bulldog -- a seven-minute video profile of Anderson's accomplishments.
Pease, who appeared in an interview during the profile said, "His role in journalism is quite extraordinary."
After the profile, Salt Lake Tribune Editor Jay Shelledy paid tribute to Anderson from the podium.
"He always did it first," said Shelledy, referring to Anderson's ability to report on Washington, D.C., events and affairs. "More often than not, he did it alone.
"He was hounded. But he kept doing it and surprise, surprise, his sources kept multiplying. How can you not look up to a cheapskate when he tells people to shove it?"
But his ability to report isn't the only thing that has made Anderson great in the eyes of many. Anderson's son Kevin says he should also be recognized for his charity.
Kevin said that after his father's reporting led to the arrest of some involved in the Watergate scandal, he then provided financial support for their families.
"I'm very proud of him," Kevin said. "Very proud of him. He's always been my hero."
Anderson said he had mixed feelings about the tribute paid him.
"I was both amused and touched by the many things that were said," Anderson said. "I appreciate hearing from my son. That was as fine a tribute as you can get when you get it from your own son."
Other award recipients included faculty members Brenda Cooper and Sweeney, who were honored as the department's teacher and researcher of the year, respectively. Penny Byrne was given the Outstanding Service Award.
Recipients of the Outstanding Student Awards included Nicole McLean, Tara Sorensen Bone, Ann Bluemlein and Dan Chase. McLean was honored as the outstanding senior in broadcast journalism and the outstanding senior overall, whereas Bone and Chase were honored as the outstanding seniors in public relations and print journalism. Bluemlein was the first recipient of the department's Outstanding Graduate Student Award.