Walter Cronkite biography

Walter Cronkite

Radio personality, TV Personality

1916 – 2009

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Who was Walter Cronkite?

Walter Leland Cronkite, Jr. was an American broadcast journalist, best known as anchorman for the CBS Evening News for 19 years. During the heyday of CBS News in the 1960s and 1970s, he was often cited as "the most trusted man in America" after being so named in an opinion poll. He reported many events from 1937 to 1981, including bombings in World War II; the Nuremberg trials; combat in the Vietnam War; Watergate; the Iran Hostage Crisis; and the murders of President John F. Kennedy, civil rights pioneer Martin Luther King, Jr., and Beatles musician John Lennon. He was also known for his extensive coverage of the U.S. space program, from Project Mercury to the Moon landings to the Space Shuttle. He was the only non-NASA recipient of a Moon-rock award. Cronkite is well known for his departing catchphrase "And that's the way it is," followed by the date on which the appearance aired.

Famous Quotes:

  • And that's the way it is.
  • The great sadness of my life is that I never achieved the hour newscast, which would not have been twice as good as the half-hour newscast, but many times as good.
  • Objective journalism and an opinion column are about as similar as the Bible and Playboy magazine.

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Born
Nov 4, 1916
Saint Joseph
Also known as
  • Walter Leland Cronkite, Jr.
  • Walter Leland Cronkite Jr.
  • Walter Wilcox
  • Uncle Walter
  • The Most Trusted Man in America
  • King of the anchormen
  • Old Ironpants
Parents
Spouses
Children
Religion
  • United Methodist Church
  • Anglicanism
  • Episcopal Church
Ethnicity
  • Dutch-American
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • San Jacinto High School
Employment
  • CBS News
    (1950 - 1981)
  • United Press International
    (1937 - )
Lived in
  • Kansas City
  • Houston
  • Martha's Vineyard
Died
Jul 17, 2009
Manhattan

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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