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CBS Legend Walter Cronkite Dead at 92

Walter Cronkite, the legendary newsman dubbed 'The Most Trusted Man in America', has died. He was 92.

Cronkite passed away at 7:42 PM Friday with his family by his side at his home in New York from cerebrovascular disease. He was 92.

The anchorman held the CBS Evening News desk for 19 years (1962–81). He was known for his iconic sign-off line, "That's the way it is."

His image was so credible, that a 1972 poll determined he was "the most trusted man in America" -- even more so than the president, vice president, members of Congress and all other journalists.

"For decades, Walter Cronkite was the most trusted voice in America," President Barack Obama said in a statement. "His rich baritone reached millions of living rooms every night, and in an industry of icons, Walter set the standard by which all others have been judged."

"But Walter was always more than just an anchor. He was someone we could trust to guide us through the most important issues of the day; a voice of certainty in an uncertain world. He was family. He invited us to believe in him, and he never let us down. This country has lost an icon and a dear friend, and he will be truly missed."

He broke the news of the Kennedy assassination, reported extensively on Vietnam and Civil Rights and Watergate.

The assassination of President John F. Kennedy was a defining moment for Cronkite as the anchor interrupted programming to announce that the president had been shot, and later to declare that he had been killed.

As he reported the somber news, Cronkite captured both the sense of shock and sadness as he slowly removed his glasses to check the time and held back tears.

Cronkite reflected on his legacy a few years ago: "I think people always knew that I believed the words I was saying. I think that's something you don't have a lot of now, and I think people miss that. But that was the only way I knew how to work."

And that's the way it was, and for those of us who watched Walter Cronkite, the way it always will be.

July 18, 2009 |

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