Walter Cronkite

Walter Leland Cronkite, Jr. ( * November 4, 1916 in Saint Joseph, Missouri, † July 17, 2009 in New York ) was an American television journalist and news anchor at CBS News.


Walter Cronkites parents were Dr. Walter Leland Cronkite, the dentist, Sr. and his wife Helena Lena Fritsch. He began his journalistic career as a university correspondent of the newspaper Houston Post during his time at the high school and college. After graduating, he went as a radio announcer for station WKY in Oklahoma City. He was a journalist and editor of the EW Scripps Company and United Press.

From 1942 to 1945, Walter Cronkite war correspondent of the United Press International and foreign correspondent in the reopened offices in Amsterdam and Brussels. At the Nuremberg Trials, he was chief correspondent and from 1946 to 1948 Office Manager in Moscow. He was 1948/1949 correspondent of CBS News and 1950/1951 special correspondent.

Walter Cronkite was one of forty semi-finalists in Journalist in Space Program. From April 16 1962 to March 6, 1981, Walter Cronkite main news anchor of CBS Evening News. His nightly news program he used always to finish "that's the way it is And " with the become a household word sentence. Walter Cronkite gained worldwide notoriety when he reported on 22 November 1963 in the CBS news about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the television broadcast of the moon landing in 1969 moderated.

This was one of Walter Cronkite as one of the most recognizable faces on U.S. television and the model for many other journalists. 1973 elected him to the TV viewers Most Trusted Man in America; his confidence- kind earned him the nickname Uncle Walter. Cronkite announced on 14 February 1980 that it would withdraw from the moderation of the CBS Evening News. His last show he hosted on March 6, 1981. His successor was Dan Rather, who then should remain anchorman of CBS Evening News for 24 years.

On March 30, 1940 he married Mary Elizabeth Simmons Maxwell, named Betsy, who died two weeks before her 65th wedding anniversary on March 16, 2005. They had three children.

Cronkite was an avid sailor and held the U.S. amateur radio call sign KB2GSD.