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Walter Cronkite

Cronkite giving a speech in 2004
Born Walter Leland Cronkite, Jr.
(1916-11-04)November 4, 1916
Saint Joseph, Missouri, U.S.
Died July 17, 2009(2009-07-17) (aged 92)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Cause of death Cerebrovascular disease
Nationality American
Other names Old Ironpants, Uncle Walter, King of the anchormen
Alma mater University of Texas at Austin
Occupation Television and radio broadcaster, news anchor
Years active 1935–2009
Notable credit(s) CBS Evening News
Home town Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
Spouse(s) Mary Elizabeth “Betsy” Maxwell (m. 1940–2005), her death
Children 3, including Kathy Cronkite
Family Deborah Rush (In-Law)

America's health care system is neither healthy, caring, nor a system.
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.
Walter Cronkite
We are not educated well enough to perform the necessary act of intelligently selecting our leaders.
Walter Cronkite
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.
Walter Cronkite
Our job is only to hold up the mirror – to tell and show the public what has happened.
Walter Cronkite
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.
Walter Cronkite
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.
Walter Cronkite
I can't imagine a person becoming a success who doesn't give this game of life everything he's got.
Walter Cronkite
Objective journalism and an opinion column are about as similar as the Bible and Playboy magazine.
Walter Cronkite
The perils of duck hunting are great - especially for the duck.
And that's the way it is.
Dan Rather and I just aren't especially chummy.
In seeking truth you have to get both sides of a story.
I've gone from the most trusted man in America to one of the most debated.
Walter Cronkite
When you're bringing in a fairly unknown candidate challenging a sitting president, the population needs a lot more information than reduced coverage provides.
Walter Cronkite
There is no such thing as a little freedom. Either you are all free, or you are not free.
Walter Cronkite
There's a little more ego involved in these jobs than people might realize.
Walter Cronkite
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.
Walter Cronkite