CRONKITE--Walter. The Trustees and staff of WNET.ORG
, parent company of THIRTEEN and WLIW21, express their profound sorrow over the loss of Walter Cronkite. A broadcasting legend and a true American icon, Walter was a close friend, enthusiastic partner and avid supporter of WNET for many years. In 1990, he became a member of the Board of Trustees, and in 1992 served as Honorary Chairman of The Campaign for THIRTEEN, the largest capital campaign in the history of public television. He remained an active member of the Board until 2002, when he became a Life Trustee. Over the years, Walter brought his journalistic skills to a number of acclaimed programs created by WNET, including "City at War: London Calling" and "Legacy of War." For 24 years, Walter served as host of an annual tradition, "Great Performances: From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration." Befitting his stature as an American legend, he was also the subject of an "American Masters" profile -- "Walter Cronkite: Witness to History" created by THIRTEEN. A man who set the standard for integrity in television journalism, Walter's commitment to public broadcasting was truly inspirational. We extend our condolences to his family and we join the nation in mourning the passing of a man who personified the highest aspirations of American media. James S. Tisch, Chairman Neal Shapiro, President and CEO
Published by New York Times on Jul. 21, 2009.