Walter Cronkite, the legendary journalist and broadcaster who served as the nation’s voice of the news for nearly two decades, is dead at age 92. His tenure as anchor of the CBS Evening News coincided with some of the most significant events of the 20th century: the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, the Apollo 11 moon landing, the Three Mile Island meltdown, and the Vietnam War. Cronkite’s clear, concise, unbiased presentation of the news helped lead the nation through difficult times, and set a standard of broadcast journalism that modern journalists largely fail to meet. His signature sign-off, “…And that’s the way it is”, is iconic part of pop culture, and it’s no-nonsense sentiment perfectly signifies Cronkite’s style.
Let’s celebrate Cronkite’s career by taking a look at a few of his most significant broadcasts:
Cronkite announces the death of John F. Kennedy:
Cronkite covers the 1969 moon landing:
Cronkite announces the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.