Walter Cronkite, legendary TV newsman, reportedly gravely ill
Cronkite anchored CBS Evening News for 19 years before stepping aside in 1981
From wire reports
7:31 AM EDT, June 19, 2009
Walter Cronkite, the longtime CBS TV news anchor who was known as "The Most Trusted Man in America," is gravely ill, according to media reports.
The Web site Mediabistro.com cited several unnamed sources at CBS who say that Cronkite, 92, is near death and that the network has begun updating information for his obituary.
Cronkite anchored "CBS Evening News" for 19 years, stepping aside in 1981 when the network promoted Dan Rather to his position. He got his start as a correspondent for United Press International covering World War II, and he joined CBS at a Washington correspondent in 1950. He became anchor in 1962 and helped make CBS the highest rated news report in the nation.
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