Walter Cronkite

Walter Cronkite, the iconic American newsman who seized and then came to symbolize the extraordinary power of television in the postwar era, died Friday at the age of 92, CBS said. From his influential pulpit behind the anchor desk of the CBS Evening News, Cronkite -- once hailed by an opinion poll as the "most trusted figure" in America -- informed and guided a generation through the great events of the 1960s and '70s. He was the first on television to break the news of the Kennedy assassination, and became a source of comfort around which his country mourned in the wake of the tragedy. He explained the Watergate scandal and the Apollo space program, and his skeptical reports about Vietnam helped turn much of his country against the war. Yet, Cronkite's most enduring legacy is the standard he pioneered for television newscasters, and the power he brought to the anchor's chair, through the trust of his audience. Richard Foot, Canwest News Service

Published in Remembering from July 17 to July 30, 2009