Saturday, July 18, 2009

Walter, Dead at 92

Walter Leland Cronkite, Jr., best known as anchorman for the CBS Evening News for 19 years (1962–81). During the heyday of CBS News in the 1970s and 1980s, he was often cited in viewer opinion polls as "the most trusted man in America" because of his professional experience and kindly demeanor. Cronkite died on July 17, 2009 at the age of 92 after an extended battle with cerebrovascular disease.

In 1950, Cronkite joined CBS News in its young and growing television division, recruited by Edward R. Murrow, who had previously tried to hire Cronkite from UP during the war. Cronkite began working at WTOP-TV, the CBS affiliate in Washington, D.C.

Cronkite succeeded Douglas Edwards as anchorman of the CBS Evening News on April 16, 1962, a job in which he became an American icon. The program expanded from 15 to 30 minutes on September 2, 1963, making Cronkite the anchor of American network television's first nightly half-hour news program.

Cronkite is vividly remembered by many Americans for breaking the news of the death of President Kennedy on Friday November 22, 1963. Cronkite had been standing at the United Press International wire machine in the CBS newsroom as the bulletin of the President's shooting broke and clamored to get on the air to break the news.

Editor: Walter, I Will Miss You! You were one of a handfull of people that thought me what this great country was all about. I thank you for all that you have shared we me and millions of other Americans, I'll never forget you!


Keith said...

Great photos. I was really sad to hear the news of his passing. What a great American he was. R.I.P.

Heidi Ann said...

I'll never forget him, either.