Walter Cronkite, the TV newsman who became known as "the most trusted man in America" during his 19 years as anchor of the "CBS Evening News," died today of cancer. He was 92.
Cronkite had suffered for years from cerebrovascular disease. His health took a turn for the worse in June 2009, prompting his family to release a statement that the news legend was "not expected to recuperate."
Cronkite, who was the first TV news correspondent to be designated an "anchor," starting in the 1950s, chronicled many of the most important events of the 20th century as a print reporter and broadcast newsman, in the process becaming one of the most respected names in the business.
He anchored "The CBS Evening News With Walter Cronkite" from 1962-81 and ushered Americans through some of the most tumultuous and trying times of the last century, from the assassination of President John F. Kennedy through the Vietnam War and the Watergate scandal. His daily signoff "And that's the way it is..." became a trademark and of the most-oft repeat, and often spoofed, quotes.
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