Walter Cronkite, an iconic CBS News journalist who defined the role of anchorman for a generation of television viewers, and who was “The Most Trusted Man In America“, died Friday at the age of 92, his family said.

“My father Walter Cronkite died,” his son Chip said just before 8 p.m. Eastern. CBS interrupted prime time programming to show an obituary for the man who defined the network’s news division for decades.

Mr. Cronkite’s family said last month that he was seriously ill with cerebrovascular disease.

Mr. Cronkite anchored the “CBS Evening News” from 1962 to 1981, at a time when television became the dominant medium of the United States. He figuratively held the hand of the American public during the civil rights movement, the space race, the Vietnam war, and the impeachment of Richard Nixon. During his tenure, network newscasts were expanded to 30 minutes from 15.

“It is impossible to imagine CBS News, journalism or indeed America without Walter Cronkite,” Sean McManus, the president of CBS News, said in a statement. “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.”



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  • Josh

    there is no discounting Cronkite's tremendous influence on media, I do not consider all of it favorable; his coverage of the Vietnam War was the first, or most visible, example of editorial reporting. Many historians have, or will, point to his indication that we could not win the war as the quintessential moment that shifted public opinion and forced the government to play by a politically correct set of rules dictated by the victories in public relations rather than in military strategy.

  • Josh

    there is no discounting Cronkite's tremendous influence on media, I do not consider all of it favorable; his coverage of the Vietnam War was the first, or most visible, example of editorial reporting. Many historians have, or will, point to his indication that we could not win the war as the quintessential moment that shifted public opinion and forced the government to play by a politically correct set of rules dictated by the victories in public relations rather than in military strategy.