Iconic American newscaster Walter Cronkite dies at 92
Saturday, July 18, 2009
, the American newscaster who was a household name in television journalism, has died at the age of 92, according to media reports. Cronkite died after a long battle with cerebrovascular disease.
From 1962 to 1981, Cronkite anchored the CBS Evening News, and in that capacity reported the in 1963, the 1969 landing of the astronauts on the Moon, and the 1974 to millions of Americans. As an editorial journalist, Cronkite's powerful criticisms of the reportedly moved then-president to say, "If I've lost Cronkite, I've lost Middle America." He will be remembered by some for his customary signoff, "and that's the way it is...", which ended most of his broadcasts. Also, his addition of "day..." counting up the days of the inspired a similar practice on .
Cronkite's career began in radio in the 1930s in Texas. Joining in 1939 as a war correspondent, he covered the following World War II. Cronkite's rise to television prominence began with the . The term "news anchor" was coined to describe his role in the coverage.,
After retiring in 1981, Cronkite remained active and prominent in the media, advising an eponymousat , writing books, recording voice-overs for the film , and making guest appearances on the newsroom-based sitcoms and . Cronkite was also an avid sailor.
"It is impossible to imagine CBS News, journalism or indeed America without Walter Cronkite. More than just the best and most trusted anchor in history, he guided America through our crises, tragedies and also our victories and greatest moments," said CBS News president, Sean McManus in a statement to the press.
Cronkite leaves behind three children, Nancy, Kathy, and Walter III ("Chip"); and four grandchildren.
- Valerie J. Nelson. "Walter Cronkite dies at 92; longtime CBS anchorman" — , July 17, 2009
- Brian Stelter. "Walter Cronkite, Iconic Anchorman, Dies" — , July 17, 2009