Walter Cronkite (1916-2009)

Walter Cronkite

Walter Cronkite

Before blogs, before tweets, and even before the Internet, one man told the news “like it was.” Walter Cronkite late Friday night in his New York apartment at the age of 92.

No one from my generation was even born when Cronkite anchored for CBS News from 1962 to 1981. He was the eyes and ears of all of us when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963 and when the Apollo 13 space program first landed on the moon on July 20, 1969. He ended all his newscasts with his signature 5-word phrase: That’s the way it is. Yes, Cronkite showed us what journalism is really all about.

I’m sure Cronkite couldn’t have been prouder to see the first female solo anchor host the nightly news. On Tuesday, September, 5, 2006, Katie Couric took on the role as lead anchor of the CBS Evening News succeeding now-retired Dan Rather.

…and that’s the way it is, Friday, July 17, 2009.

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