Walter Cronkite dies

Walter Cronkite 2006

Walter Cronkite 2006

KNX Radio is reporting that legendary CBS TV anchorman Walter Cronkite has passed away.  He was 92.  Details to come.

 From the New York Times:

8:11 p.m.: Walter Cronkite, an iconic CBS News journalist who defined the role of anchorman for a generation of television viewers, died Friday at the age of 92, his family said.

“My father, Walter Cronkite, died,” his son Chip said just before 8 p.m. Eastern. CBS interrupted prime-time programming to show an obituary for the man who defined the network’s news division for decades.

Mr. Cronkite’s family said last month that he was seriously ill with cerebrovascular disease.

Mr. Cronkite anchored the “CBS Evening News” from 1962 to 1981, at a time when television became the dominant medium of the United States. He figuratively held the hand of the American public during the civil-rights movement, the space race, the Vietnam war and the impeachment of Richard Nixon. During his tenure, network newscasts were expanded to 30 minutes from 15.

Here is the link to the full New York Times blog post on Walter Cronkite’s death.