Oct. 15, 2004
Tribune writer Mark Flatten will be permanently recognized as one of the state’s best reporters after being inducted Thursday into Arizona State University’s Journalism Alumni Hall of Fame.
Flatten, 45, received the honor before more than 1,000 Valley journalists and business leaders during the annual awards luncheon in Phoenix for the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The ceremony came a day after Flatten was the lead reporter on the Tribune’s team coverage of the last presidential debate of 2004, held at ASU’s Gammage Auditorium in Tempe.
Cronkite school interim director Stephen Doig said Flatten was selected for the hall of fame based on a 23-year award-winning career that includes coverage of the impeachment and removal of former Gov. Evan Mecham and the criminal trial of pardoned former Gov. Fife Symington.
Flatten, who graduated from ASU in 1981 with a journalism degree, said he was pleased to accept the honor during an event personally hosted by Cronkite, the legendary former anchor for CBS News.
"I remember growing up watching Walter Cronkite on TV," Flatten said. "He has always been the standard of the person you could trust, the person who really represents the best in journalism."
Flatten, who was raised in Tempe, started his career with the Tribune working out of a Chandler office. He worked at the Casa Grande Dispatch for about a year and then joined the Scottsdale Progress in 1984. He moved to that newspaper’s state Capitol bureau in 1986.
He returned to the Tribune in 1992 shortly before its parent company purchased and closed the Scottsdale Progress. Flatten continues today to cover politics and to pursue in-depth investigative reports.
Along with Flatten, ASU inducted Kathleen Bade, a 1990 ASU graduate and former KSAZ-TV (Channel 10) anchor who is now a news anchor at KFMB-TV in San Diego.
The annual Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism and Mass Communications went to Charles Osgood, host of "CBS News Sunday Morning."