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Walter Cronkite: 1916-2009

cronkiteFormer CBS news anchor Walter Cronkite has died at the age of 92. Cronkite started out as a reporter for the United Press, where he traveled to Europe to cover World War II as part of a group of reporters known as the “Writing 69th”.

After receiving an offer from Edward R. Murrow, he joined the CBS Washington bureau in 1950. As a host of CBS’ “The Morning Show”, he distinguished himself with his coverage of the 1952 political conventions.

In 1961 he was named anchor of the “CBS Evening News”, where his authoritative yet relatable persona would come to embody the voice of a tumultuous era in American history. During his tenure, Cronkite covered the Cuban missile crisis, the Apollo 11 moon landing, President John F. Kennedy‘s assassination, the Vietnam war, Markin Luther King‘s assassination and the Watergate scandal.

One of his editorial reports on the Vietnam War, in which he declared it “unwinnable”, caused President Lyndon Johnson to say, “If I’ve lost Cronkite, I’ve lost Middle America.” According to a viewer’s poll in 1972 he was “the most trusted man in America.” Some of his breakthrough moments are posted below.

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