Walter Cronkite

  • Birth Name: Walter Leland Cronkite Jr.
  • Birth Place: St. Joseph, Missouri, United States
  • Died: July 17, 2009
  • Profession: Broadcast journalist
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  • Lost an election for president of his University of Texas freshman class to a high-school friend, Joe Greenhill, who later became chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court.
  • Called University of Oklahoma football games for an Oklahoma City radio station in 1937.
  • As a correspondent for UPI during WWII, parachuted into the Netherlands with the 101st Airborne Division. Also landed in Normandy on D-day and flew on bombing missions over Germany.
  • Was the first TV-news personality to be called an "anchor," when he headed CBS's coverage of the 1952 political conventions.
  • Received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1981.
  • Retired from anchoring the CBS Evening News in 1981.
  • Inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1985; received numerous awards for broadcast journalism, including multiple Emmys and the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award.
  • Wrote his autobiography, A Reporter's Life, in 1996.
  • In 2006, was presented with the Ambassador of Exploration Award, becoming the first individual who wasn't a NASA employee or an astronaut to be honored.


  • 1961, Golden Globe — Television Achievement: Winner
  • 1957, Emmy — Best News Commentator: Nominee
  • 1980, Peabody — Personal Award: Winner
  • 1962, Peabody — Personal Award: Winner


  • Mary Elizabeth Simmons Maxwell Cronkite — Wife (deceased)
  • Mary Kathleen Cronkite — Daughter
  • Walter Leland Cronkite Sr. — Father
  • Helen Cronkite — Mother
  • Joanna Simon — Significant Other
  • Nancy Elizabeth Cronkite — Daughter
  • Walter Leland Cronkite III — Son


  • Attended University of Texas, Austin, Texas, United States