NEW YORK — Walter Cronkite, the premier TV anchorman of the networks' golden age who reported a tumultuous time with reassuring authority and came to be called “the most trusted man in America,” has died. He was 92.
CBS vice president Linda Mason said Cronkite died at 7:42 p.m. tonight with his family by his side at his home in New York after a long illness.
He was the face of the “CBS Evening News” from 1962 to 1981, reporting stories ranging from the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to the Vietnam War to racial and anti-war riots, Watergate and the Iranian hostage crisis.
It was Cronkite who read the bulletins coming from Dallas when Kennedy was shot Nov. 22, 1963, interrupting a live CBS-TV broadcast of the soap opera “As the World Turns.”
“As anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News from 1962 to 1981, Cronkite became the symbol of CBS News and the face that two generations of Americans associate with some of the biggest stories of the 20th century,” CBS News said tonight in a statement.
“Known for his steady and straightforward delivery, his trim moustache, and his iconic sign-off line — “That’s the way it is” — Cronkite dominated the television news industry during one of the most volatile periods of American history,” CBS News said.
To many Americans Cronkite seemed “the very embodiment of TV journalism,” CBS said.