Helen Thomas and Bob Schieffer will be honored with the 2009 Edward R. Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism and in Broadcast Journalism April 7th at Washington State University. They will also co-keynote the Murrow Symposium.

From the release: “Helen Thomas and Bob Schieffer are two veteran political journalists who represent the best of the Murrow legacy: exceptional achievement in communication and a responsible, ethical, productive career,” said Erica Austin, dean of The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at WSU. “In recognizing Helen Thomas and Bob Schieffer, the Murrow Symposium is highlighting the contributions of two reporters who exemplify the timeless attributes of great journalism. Their dedication, their curiosity, their willingness to speak truth to power–these qualities are every bit as essential to young journalists today as they were when Thomas and Schieffer began their careers.”