We all know the name Walter Cronkite; we’ve either heard his voice in the background at dinner broadcasting the news or purposely sat down to see him on CBS Evening News. One of the first broadcast journalists on American television, Cronkite made a name for himself as a broadcast legend, telling it like it is from 1962 to 1981. He was, as you know, the man who made Americans’ jaws drop when he told them of the sudden assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Before his death in 2009 at the age of 92, Cronkite’s manner of communication and high journalistic standards made him a reliable figure to American viewers. He was named “the most trusted man in America” for a reason. And if there’s anything that stuck with you about his broadcasts, it was his departing catchphrase, “And that’s the way it is.”
Let’s take a deep dive into Uncle Walter’s life and his most memorable broadcasts.