Walter Cronkite, the CBS newsman so revered by Americans that they considered him the "most trusted man in America," died today. He was 92.
Cronkite was the biggest name in television news, the king of the anchormen; in fact, he was the reporter for whom the term "anchorman" was coined. He gave up that role 28 years ago, but never lost the weight and respect it accorded him, living the rest of his life as the industry's distinguished elder statesman.
As anchor and managing editor of the CBS EVENING NEWS from 1962 to 1981, Cronkite became the symbol of CBS News and the face two generations of Americans associate with some of the biggest stories of the 20th century. Speaking in a calm, authoritative voice with a screen presence that exuded confidence and familiarity, Cronkite formed a bond with Americans by bringing stories such as the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, space launches
and the Vietnam War into their living rooms. The bond was so strong that Americans polled in 1973 chose him -- by a 16 percent margin over the nearest competitor -- as the "most trusted" public figure in the country.
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