1. Who was Walter Cronkite?
Walter Cronkite was a lifelong news man who became the voice of the truth for America as a nighttime anchorman.
Walter Cronkite helped launch the CBS Evening News in 1962 and served as its news anchor until his retirement in 1981. Journalist, broadcaster, television news anchor. Born on November 4, 1916, in St. Joseph, Missouri. From the early 1960s to early 1980s, Walter Cronkite was a much admired evening news anchor on CBS, serving a reliable source of information for many Americans.
2. What are some of the important events that he covered on the air?
From the beginning of America's manned space program to the age of the space shuttle, Cronkite anchored CBS Evening News. He was on air during the launch of Apollo 11, shouting "go, baby, go" as it rocketed into space. His marathon, live coverage of the first manned mission to Moon brought the excitement and impact of the historic event into the homes of millions of Americans and observers around the world. He spent 27 of the next 30 hours on the air.
3. What are some of the honors and awards that he won?
During his distinguished career, 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
4. What did people think of him?
Identified in public opinion polls as the man Americans most trusted, he provided a voice of reason during the Vietnam War,
5. What is he most known for?
Walter Cronkite broadcast the entire Apollo 11 moon landing. He spent 37 hours reporting the Apollo 11 take off and landing. People hovered in their living rooms listening and watching Walter Cronkite as they watched history taking place.
6. Did Cronkite cover any tragedies?
The story of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy has been told many times by many people. Among those who told it first was the late Walter Cronkite. He anchored the CBS News coverage during the first hours after bullets hit the president in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963.
During World War II, Cronkite covered the European front for United Press and served as chief United Press correspondent at the Nuremberg trials.