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The best at CBS

Posted by: | November 19, 2009 | No Comment |

Some knew him as king of the anchormen, others as the most trusted man in America, old ironpants, Uncle Walter, and to some he was the  first television anchorman.

 His name, Walter Leland Cronkite Jr., his image, news reporting at its best.


Walter Cronkite. mediabistro.com

Walter Cronkite. mediabistro.com

The career of Walter Cronkite in news began in 1935 in the newspaper industry but would switch to broadcasting the next year.  15 years later he would be working for CBS, a growing broadcast company.
Walter Cronkite would be recruited to CBS by Edward R. Murrow, the radio reporter who became famous for his “vivid radio reports from London for CBS, during the Battle of Britain.” 
Walter Cronkite became the face of the Evening News on CBS in 1962.  During the 19 years at the helm of the CBS Evening News, Walter Cronkite would cover the Vietnam War on location, Apollo 11 and 13, the Iran Hostage Crisis, and the Watergate Scandal.  His most notable report, arguably, would be of the John F. Kennedy Assassination in 1963

His first words to America were, “Here is a bulletin from CBS News. In Dallas, Texas, three shots were fired at President Kennedy’s motorcade in downtown Dallas. The first reports say that President Kennedy has been seriously wounded by this shooting.”  He would continue to keep America on the edge of their seats as they waited to find out exactly what happened and the condition of their president.

Walter Cronkite retired from his seat at The Evening News in 1981.  He would regret his decision would be a regretted one and he is quoted as saying, I want to say that probably 24 hours after I told CBS that I was stepping down at my 65th birthday, I was already regretting it. And I regretted it every day since.”

He would continue to do appear on television as a special correspondent for CBS and other news channels, and remained a public figure until his death in 2009 at the age of 92. 


“In seeking truth you have to get both sides of a story.” ~ Walter Leland Cronkite Jr.

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