Walter Cronkite

A Reporter's Life


Biography | Random House Audio
October 5, 2000 9:00PM (UTC)

He has been called the most trusted man in America. His 60-year-long journalistic career has spanned the Great Depression, several wars, and the extraordinary changes that have engulfed the U.S. over the last two-thirds of the 20th century.

At the age of eighty, Walter Cronkite wrote his life story--the personal and professional odyssey of the original "anchorman" for whom that very word was coined. Cronkite set a standard for integrity, objectivity, enthusiasm, compassion, and insight that is difficult to surpass. He is an overflowing vessel of history, and a direct link with the people and places he reported about.

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Walter Cronkite helped launch the juggernaut of television, and tried to imbue it with his own respect for quality and ethics; but now he occupies a ringside seat during the decline of his profession and the ascent of the lowest common denominator. As he aptly observes, "They'd rewrite Exodus to include a car chase." Still, plenty of people know the difference. They know that for decades they have had the privilege of getting their news from a gentleman of the highest caliber.


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