The Eunson awards were created to honor the career and memory of Robert R. Eunson
, a 1936 graduate of Arizona State Teacher's College at Flagstaff
, as Northern Arizona University
was then known, went on to a distinguished career as a war correspondent, journalist and news executive with the Associated Press
.When he died in 1975, Eunson was assistant general manager and vice president for broadcast news at the AP.
The alumni award is given to alumni of NAU
who, through their mass communication work, have proved themselves outstanding in their field.