If journalism had a face, it would be the wise and familiar mug of journalist Walter Cronkite. He began working as a journalist and correspondent during World War II and continued to cover some of the most significant events in recent history during his illustrious career. He was the leading correspondent during the Nuremburg trials, an international event that attempted to bring Nazi war criminals to justice. Cronkite became the anchor of CBS Evening News and reported on civil rights events, Watergate, Vietnam, the assassination of JFK and the first man on the moon.
According to an opinion poll, Walter Cronkite was the most trusted man in America. He was praised for his matter-of-fact reporting style and impartiality, a rare quality in an era that contained so much controversial news. He received many awards for his work. They are as follows, according to the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications website at Arizona State University: Peabody Award, the William Allen White Award for Journalistic Merit, an Emmy Award from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the George Polk Award and a Gold Medal Award from the International Radio and Television Society.
Cronkite finally stepped down as an anchor for CBS in 1981 and sadly died in 2009 of a cerebrovascular disease. He left an indelible mark on the field of journalism and his legacy will continue to be as well-known as his nightly sign-off, “And that’s the way it is.”