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Daily News Editorial

By Staff | Jul 21, 2009

He was a living legend whose face and voice were known to every citizen in the land. This proud American was someone who naturally felt at ease coming into your living room each evening on the CBS Evening News.

Walter Cronkite is broadcast news. The veteran journalist recapped the news of the day, giving just the story itself. He did not editorialize or slant any story to glorify his opinion. As they tuned in nightly, baby boomers, their parents and grandparents trusted this kind and gentle soul who had the job of sharing information with the American people. Perhaps the trust bestowed on the soft-spoken man was rooted in the mere fact that Cronkite was one of us; a plain, down-to-earth individual who worked hard at his job to make a living.

This television journalist shared every great high and devastating low for over 19 years (1962-1981). From Viet Nam to the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and the Kennedy brothers to Neil Armstrong’s historic walk on the moon and the Watergate scandal, he was there. Cronkite had the innate ability of giving the story as if he was just coming through your front door and speaking to you in private, one-on-one. He personified the word “anchor,” lending stability to the television news position for about two decades. This is something that rarely occurs today.

Cronkite died at the age of 92 on July 17. Every network in every American city recalled his life and career that evening. He was a rarity a hard-core newsman whose edges were warm, soft and fuzzy.

We are sure many in the news broadcasting business will continue to study this one-of-a-kind reporter whose delivery of news was unrivaled. His story is one for the American history books.