In Memoriam: Walter Cronkite 1916-2009

“The most trusted man in America,” Walter Cronkite died this evening at the age of 92, his family and CBS News announced. The legendary journalist anchored the CBS Evening News for nearly 20 years and was the reporter for which the term “anchorman” was coined. He had been suffering from cerebrovascular disease.

Americans associate Cronkite with some of the biggest stories of the 20th century, including the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, man’s first landing on the moon and the Vietnam War.

President of CBS News and Sports Sean McManus released this statement tonight: “It is impossible to imagine CBS News, journalism or indeed America without Walter Cronkite. 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. No matter what the news event was, Walter was always the consummate professional with an un-paralleled sense of compassion, integrity, humanity, warmth, and occasionally even humor. There will never be another figure in American history who will hold the position Walter held in our minds, our hearts and on the television.”

“Our job is only to hold up the mirror, to tell and show the public what has happened.” -Walter Cronkite