CNN Statements on the Death of Walter Cronkite

By Chris Ariens 

STATEMENT FROM JON KLEIN, PRESIDENT, CNN/U.S.

“Walter Cronkite not only anchored a newscast, he anchored the nation during perilous times that included the assassination of a president and the resignation of another as well as a divisive war and the culture clash that followed.

To this day, more than a quarter century since he vacated the anchor chair, every television journalist aspires to be what Walter was – steady, certain, reassuring, reliable, authoritative but accessible. He was America’s Uncle Walter, and for three decades he was the most trusted name in news.”

STATEMENT FROM JOHN ROBERTS, ANCHOR OF CNN’S AMERICAN MORNING

“Walter truly was one of a kind. His passion, his honesty and his authenticity were benchmarks in the field of journalism. There was never anyone like him, and there never will be again.”

Click continued for statements from Larry King and Wolf Blitzer


STATEMENT FROM CNN’S LARRY KING

“Walter Cronkite was one of a kind. He was the trusted voice that brought us together every night and the voice that held us together in dark days. Walter was one of the most influential news anchors in the history of American journalism and it was always an honor to be in his presence. He personified the highest journalistic standard, and I don’t think we’ll ever see another like him.”

STATEMENT FROM CNN’S WOLF BLITZER

“Walter was the perfect anchor. He gave us the news and so much more — not because he was a polished news reader but because he was a world class journalist. He knew how to dig and ask the right questions and report the news. In the process, he helped us understand our country and the world and ourselves.

To this day, whenever there is a big story, I always say to myself: I wish Walter Cronkite were around to anchor the coverage. Walter inspired me and so many other journalists, and he will be deeply missed.”

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