Walter Cronkite

Impacts on Journalism


Full Name: Walter Leland Cronkite Jr. who is known as Walter Leland

DOB and Birthplace: November 4,1916 in St. Joseph, Missouri

DOD and Resting Place: July, 17, 2009 in New York, New York

Education: University of Texas

Spouse: Mary Elizabeth Maxwell Cronkite

Children: Kathy and Nancy Elizabeth Cronkite and Walter Leland Cronkite III

Grandchildren: Pete Cronkite and Walter Leland Cronkite IV, and Will and John Ikard


He grew up in Houston, Texas and for college, decided to go to the University of Texas. One day, he was glancing through a magazine and stumbled across an article covering a story about a situation in regards to a war. From then, he left the University and began working for the Houston Post in 1935


1942- He covered the European Front during WWII for the United Press and served as Chief of the business at the Nuremberg Trials Nov. 20, 1945- Oct. 1, 1946

1950- He joined CBS News and worked on a variety of programs, covering national political conventions and elections

1962- Helped launch CBS Evening News and became the News Anchor

1972- July 17th, he covered the story over Watergate and Pres. Nixon

1981- He retired


Cronkite hosted CBS's Universe (1982)

Co-Produced Why in the World (1981) for Public Broadcasting System

Hosted Dinosaur (1991) for the Arts and Entertainment cable television

He did a short series for CBS and the Discovery Channel in 1996 called Cronkite Remembers

He also wrote several books, including A Reporter??s Life (1996) and Around America (2001).


Cronkite has won numerous awards, including the prestigious Peabody Award twice and several Emmy Awards as well as the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1981. Most recently, he received the News World International??s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003 and the 2004 Harry S Truman Good Neighbor Award from the Truman Foundation.