Legendary broadcaster Walter Cronkite died earlier tonight. He was 92.
Our colleagues at TVNewser have the full report of Cronkite’s death, including statements from staffers at CBS News where Cronkite anchored the Evening News for 19 years, statements from ABC News and NBC’s Brian Williams and a rundown of how cable news covered the news.
When one of our own passes away journalists pay their respects, with lengthy obituaries in print, moments of silence on air and tribute specials. Expect lots of tributes to Cronkite over the next few days.
Cronkite was first reported to be ill in mid-June. He was suffering from cerebrovascular disease and his son Chip told The New York Times that the cause of death was complications of dementia.
Tonight, the New York Press Club honored their former member by urging journalists to “rededicate themselves to the high standards he set.”
Cronkite was best known for his work on the day of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination and his famous sign off, “And that’s the way it is.” He was a powerful presence in the broadcasting world and, although he will be missed, his contribution to the industry can be felt in every evening network newscast. Now let’s have a moment of silence for Walter Cronkite.
After the jump, a clip of Cronkite announcing JFK’s death.