Walter Cronkite Passes
July 17, 2009 at 6:03 PM (PT)
Legendary news man and CBS-TV News anchor WALTER CRONKITE has died at the age of 92.
Born and raised in ST. JOSEPH, MO, CRONKITE launched his career as a newspaper journalist while in college, then segued into radio announcing in 1935. After many years with the UNITED PRESS wire service, CRONKITE joined the then-fledgling CBS-TV News division in 1950.
He covered everything from WORLD WAR II's Battle of the Bulge and the NUREMBERG TRIALS to the moon landings, the assassination of Pres. JOHN F. KENNEDY and the WATERGATE scandal. According to CNN.COM, CRONKITE's presence as CBS anchor was so influential that when he reported on the 1968 TET Offensive and described the VIETNAM WAR as a "stalemate," then-Pres. LYNDON JOHNSON reportedly said, "If I've lost CRONKITE, I've lost middle AMERICA."
After retiring from the anchor post, CRONKITE became an outspoken critic the problems in government and broadcast journalism. He also made his mark as an Internet contributor in his later years with a handful of columns for THE HUFFINGTON POST.