Legendary CBS anchorman, Walter Cronkite, has died at the age of 92. Cronkite, who was known as “The Most Trusted Man in America, anchored the “CBS Evening News” from 1962 to 1981. His journalist duties placed him front and center for the civil rights movement, the moon landing, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, 1968 Tet Offensive, the Vietnam war, and the downfall of Richard Nixon.
As a part of the CBS Evening News, Cronkite played a major role in establishing television as the dominant national news medium of that era. Cronkite was anchor of program from 1962 to 1981, when he handed over the desk to Dan Rather. His nightly signoff, “And that’s the way it is …” was well-known throughout America.
Cronkite died at Friday evening after a long illness with his family by his side. It had previously been reported that he had become ill with cerebrovascular disease.