Walter Leland Cronkite, a legendary reporter and anchorman who was once voted the “most trusted man in America,” died today at age 92.
The man who anchored the “CBS Evening News” from 1962 to 1981 died of cerebral vascular disease at 7:42 p.m. ET in his New York City home surrounded by his family, Cronkite’s longtime chief of staff, Marlene Adler, told The Associated Press.
“Walter was always more than just an anchor,” President Obama said this evening in a prepared statement. “He was someone we could trust to guide us through the most important issues of the day; a voice of certainty in an uncertain world. He was family. He invited us to believe in him, and he never let us down.”
Cronkite became best known on CBS News during the 1960s when he established the prominent role of the television news anchorman for the network’s newly expanded evening news program.
“Walter Cronkite set an example for all broadcast journalism by simply doing his best to tell us the truth about things that matter, with courage and without partisanship,” ABC News president David Westin said. “We will miss him, but will seek to keep his spirit alive by following his example.”
Cronkite was held in such esteem in broadcast journalism that his name became synonymous with “news anchor” around the world. More