Peter Maer, SIUE alumnus and Granite City, Illinois native, received the Interfaith Alliance Walter Cronkite Faith and Freedom Award in Washington, D.C. on May 21, along with Judge William Webster.

This award is presented by the Interfaith Alliance Foundation and is given to individuals who have defended religious liberty and improved society through brave and selfless acts.

Cronkite was a longtime White House correspondent and journalist for CBS News, Maer covered his beat from 1986 to his 2015 retirement. He also covered presidential politics, major and international disasters, the state government in Georgia and the Civil Rights beat.

Maer was a member of the first graduating class of SIUE mass communications majors in 1970. He was awarded Distinguished Alumnus of the Year in 1995 and was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters 12 years later.


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