Legendary CBS anchor Walter Cronkite dies at 92

By AP, JPOST.COM STAFF
July 18, 2009 05:53

Walter Cronkite, the premier TV anchorman of the US networks' golden age who reported a tumultuous time with reassuring authority and came to be called "the most trusted man in America," died Friday aged 92. Cronkite was the face of the "CBS Evening News" from 1962 to 1981, when stories ranged from the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to racial and anti-war riots, Watergate and the Iranian hostage crisis. It was Cronkite who read the bulletins coming from Dallas when Kennedy was shot Nov. 22, 1963, interrupting a live CBS-TV broadcast of the soap opera "As the World Turns." The title 'anchorman' was first applied to Cronkite, and and he came so identified in that role that eventually his own name became the term for the job in other languages. In Sweden, for example, anchors are Kronkiters; in Holland, they are Cronkiters.


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