Cronkite giving a speech in 2004
|Born||Walter Leland Cronkite, Jr.
November 4, 1916
Saint Joseph, Missouri, U.S.
|Died||July 17, 2009
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Cause of death||Cerebrovascular disease|
|Other names||Old Ironpants, Uncle Walter, King of the anchormen|
|Alma mater||University of Texas at Austin|
|Occupation||Television and radio broadcaster, news anchor|
|Notable credit(s)||CBS Evening News|
|Home town||Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.|
|Spouse(s)||Mary Elizabeth “Betsy” Maxwell (m. 1940â€“2005), her death|
|Children||3, including Kathy Cronkite|
|Family||Deborah Rush (In-Law)|
I want to say that probably 24 hours after I told CBS that I was stepping down at my 65th birthday, I was already regretting it. And I regretted it every day since.
We are not educated well enough to perform the necessary act of intelligently selecting our leaders.
Everything is being compressed into tiny tablets. You take a little pill of news every day – 23 minutes – and that's supposed to be enough.
Our job is only to hold up the mirror – to tell and show the public what has happened.
I think it is absolutely essential in a democracy to have competition in the media, a lot of competition, and we seem to be moving away from that.
I think somebody ought to do a survey as to how many great, important men have quit to spend time with their families who spent any more time with their family.
I can't imagine a person becoming a success who doesn't give this game of life everything he's got.
Objective journalism and an opinion column are about as similar as the Bible and Playboy magazine.
I've gone from the most trusted man in America to one of the most debated.
When you're bringing in a fairly unknown candidate challenging a sitting president, the population needs a lot more information than reduced coverage provides.
There is no such thing as a little freedom. Either you are all free, or you are not free.
There's a little more ego involved in these jobs than people might realize.
The great sadness of my life is that I never achieved the hour newscast, which would not have been twice as good as the half-hour newscast, but many times as good.