Walter Cronkite

Walter Cronkite was a famous broadcast journalist who spent 19 years of his career as an anchorman for CBS Evening News.  He reported on many of America’s most famous historical events like World War II, the Nuremberg trials, the Vietnam War, Watergate, the Iran Hostage Crisis, and the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., and John Lennon. He was an honest and level-headed anchor and he earned the trust of his viewers. During the time of his career, he was known as “Uncle Walter.” His voice and image are often associated with some of the most famous events that he reported on during his career.

He attended the University of Texas but dropped out before graduating to work for the Houston Post and eventually got into radio. After his coverage of World War II and the Nuremberg Trials, he began his career with CBS in 1950. He did smaller segments for twelve years before becoming the anchorman of the CBS Evening News in 1962, a position which turned him in to an American icon. He retired in February of 1980 at age 65. Even after his retirement, he was still very active in the field. He was a special guest anchor for several special events into the 21st century. He has done a large body of voice-over work, narrating several films. He made several cameos in movies and on TV.

Walter Cronkite had an exceptional career. He was alive at a time when broadcast journalism was thriving in our country, and he got to experience several of this country’s most memorable events. Since his death in 2009, he leaves a legacy behind for all future journalists. His career shows us that hard work and dedication to your craft are crucial to being successful. He was such an influential journalist that there is even a school of Mass Communications and Journalism named for him–The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

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