Walter Cronkite: Witness to History
Written by Holly on Monday July 20, 2009
To help mark the passing of legendary newsman Walter Cronkite, OETA will air a special presentation of AMERICAN MASTERS "Walter Cronkite: Witness to History" this Thursday, July 23rd at 7pm on OETA OKLA. It will repeat Saturday, July 25 at 7:30pm, also on OETA OKLA.
Everyone knew Walter Cronkite from the CBS Evening News, where he earned distinction as "The Most Trusted Man in America" during his 19 years at the anchor desk. Throughout his award-winning career - which began as a field reporter in World War II - Cronkite covered such historic events as the first trip to the moon; the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy; the Watergate scandal; the Vietnam War; the Iran hostage crisis; and John Glenn's return to space. Through it all, he steadfastly adhered to a credo of fast, accurate and unbiased news reporting. After stepping down as anchorman in 1981, his story continued -- Walter Cronkite lead the life of a genuine Renaissance man -- author, sailor, producer and patron, his public concern for, and commitment to, our world never faltered.
Walter Cronkite died Friday, July 17. He was 92.