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Legendary Voice of CBS News, Walter Cronkite, Dies at 92Tim King Salem-News.com
Walter Cronkite's voice was one of reason and understanding. Few journalists among even the most distinguished, merit more respect.
(SALEM, Ore.) - One of the best known names and voices in American broadcasting history, Walter Cronkite, died today in New York at the age of 92, from cerebrovascular disease which he had fought for some time.
Walter Leland Cronkite Jr. was born in St. Louis, Missouri, November 4th 1916. Familiar from the early years of broadcasting, he became a familiar fixture on American television screens and basically guided the nation's understanding and knowledge of the Vietnam conflict through his role as the main news anchor at CBS News.
He was with CBS News from 1962 to 1981, and has always stayed on the scene in one way or another. His friendly demeanor earned him a rating on viewer opinion polls as "the most trusted man in America".
Walter Cronkite first entered the world of broadcasting in 1935, as a radio announcer at WKY in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
The following year, he met his future wife Mary Elizabeth Maxwell when he worked in sports for KCMO in Kansas City, Missouri.
He visited the Evergreen Air Museum in McMinnville, Oregon in recent years and Walter Cronkite also worked closely with John Steinbeck IV, the son of the famous author, on a documentary about the Vietnam War.
Mr. Cronkite's news program received top ratings for his coverage of Apollo 11 and Apollo 13 in 1969. This led CBS to being the most-watched television network for the NASA missions.
The next year, in 1970, Walter Cronkite received the "Freedom of the Press" George Polk Award. Then later that same year, the CBS Evening News moved into first place in the American TV news viewing audience ratings, after Huntley retired.
Walter Cronkite proved to be extremely popular with the U.S. consumer and his news program stayed top-rated until 1981 when the legendary news anchor retired.
That was the same year that President Jimmy Carter awarded Walter Cronkite the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Perhaps he will be best known to some people, for his pat line at the end of each news program, when he would say, "...And that's the way it is:", sometimes followed by the date of that particular program.
There is no fitting tribute that can be expressed here. In spite of his age, there is no way this is not sad news for a nation in the midst of such serious political and social change. Walter Cronkite's voice was one of reason and understanding. Few journalists among even the most distinguished, merit more respect.
Special thanks to Wikipedia for information in this article.
Tim King is a former U.S. Marine with twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. In addition to his role as a war correspondent, this Los Angeles native serves as Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor.
Tim spent the winter of 2006/07 covering the war in Afghanistan, and he was in Iraq over the summer of 2008, reporting from the war while embedded with both the U.S. Army and the Marines. Tim holds numerous awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing, including the Oregon AP Award for Spot News Photographer of the Year (2004), the first place Electronic Media Award in Spot News, Las Vegas, (1998), Oregon AP Cooperation Award (1991); and several other awards including the 2005 Red Cross Good Neighborhood Award for reporting. Serving the community in very real terms, Salem-News.com is the nation's only truly independent high traffic news Website, affiliated with Google News and several other major search engines and news aggregators.
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