Cronkite, Walter

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American broadcast journalist.

From the description of Walter Cronkite letter to Miss Spelman [manuscript], undated. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 174963316

For newspapers, radio, and television, Walter Cronkite (1916-2009) covered almost every major news event in the world from World War II to his retirement in 1982.

Since then, he worked on special projects and continued a career in writing. He was born Nov. 4, 1916 in St. Joseph, Mo., and grew up in Houston, where he attended high school. While attending the University of Texas, he worked at the capital bureau of the Scripps-Howard newspapers and in his junior year, he left school to work for the Houston Post. From there, he went on to KCMO radio in Kansas City. Back in journalism, working for United Press, he was one of the first journalists accredited to American forces after the United States entered World War II. He covered the Nuremberg war crimes trials and served as the bureau manager in Moscow. In 1950, Cronkite became a correspondent for CBS-TV and after 1962 served as managing editor of the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite. He covered national and international affairs, taking a special interest in space exploration. He headed the coverage of the first nationally televised Presidential campaign and has covered every national political convention except the Democratic convention in 1964. After visiting Vietnam in 1968, he was disillusioned and called for negotiations to end the war. Cronkite has interviewed most world leaders, including American presidents from Harry Truman to Bill Clinton.

From the description of Cronkite, Walter, papers, 1932-2007 (University of Texas Libraries). WorldCat record id: 669464839

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn New York Times Company. New York TImes Company records. Clifton Daniel papers, 1955-1979. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn O'Hara, Ham. CBS News parodies [sound recording], undated. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Mickelson, Sig. [Interview with Sig Mickelson] [sound recording] / Sig Mickelson ; [interviewed by] David Marc, San Diego, 6 Sept. 1996. Syracuse University
referencedIn Morris, Toby. Toby Morris photograph collection, 1947-1961. Museum of the Great Plains
referencedIn Jeffrey, Robert Campbell, 1927-2000. Robert C. Jeffrey papers, 1945-2000. University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn Smith, H. Allen (Harry Allen), 1907-1976. Harry Allen Smith photograph collection, 1925-1976. Southern Illinois University, Morris Library
creatorOf Kitt, Sandra. Bringing the universe down to earth : a sixty year retrospective of the Hayden Planetarium : slide-show produced for the Guggenheim Space Theater, Hayden Planetarium, 6 October 1995 / narrator, Walter Cronkite ; executive producer, Neil DeGrasse Tyson ; script writer, Sandra Kitt ; production designer, Brian Sullivan ; original music, Frank Ippolito. American Museum of Natural History
referencedIn George Washington University. University historical material records, 1821-2006. George Washington University
referencedIn New York TImes Company records. Clifton Daniel papers, 1955-1979 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Publicity photographs of U.S. Senator Hugh Scott, 1958-1973. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Cronkite, Walter. Cronkite, Walter, papers, 1932-2007 University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn Ranville, Michael, 1943-. Michael Ranville papers, 1953-2008. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Mudd, Roger, 1928-. Papers, 1948-2005 (bulk 1953-2004). Washington & Lee University, James G. Leyburn Library
referencedIn Sanders, Marlene. Marlene Sanders papers, 1933-2006. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Dealey, Joe M., Jr. Joe M. Dealey Jr. collection, 1900-2010 1970-1990. University of Texas at Dallas. Eugene McDermott Library
creatorOf Shapiro, Henry, 1906-1991. Henry Shapiro papers, 1920-1992 (bulk 1931-1973). Library of Congress
referencedIn Biography -- Cronkite, Walter. Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library
referencedIn WCBS/WCBS-TV (New York, N.Y.). Records, 1965-1978. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Sperry Corporation. Univac Division. Records, 1877-1970. Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn Spewack, Samuel and Bella. Papers, ca.1920-1980. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Morton, Hugh M. Hugh Morton photographs and films: People and events, late 1920s-early 2000s (bulk 1940s-1990s) (Series 2). University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Wershba, Joseph. Wershba, Joseph and Shirley, papers, 1936-1993. University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn Kuralt, Charles, 1934-1997. Charles Kuralt collection, 1935-1997. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Knight, John Shively, 1894-1981. John S. Knight papers, 1894-1981 bulk (1920-1981). University of Akron, Bierce Library
creatorOf Columbia Broadcasting System, inc. Man on the moon sound recording, 1969 [sound recording]. Clemson University Libraries, Robert Muldrow Cooper Library
referencedIn Michel, Don, 1931-. Don Michel "Insight" Radio Program collection, 1960-1978. Southern Illinois University, Morris Library
creatorOf Cronkite, Walter. Walter Cronkite letter to Miss Spelman [manuscript], undated. University of Virginia. Library
Role Title Holding Repository
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associatedWith CBS News. corporateBody
associatedWith Columbia Broadcasting System, inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Daniel, Clifton, 1912-2000. person
associatedWith Dealey, Joe M., Jr. person
associatedWith George Washington University. corporateBody
associatedWith Jeffrey, Robert Campbell, 1927-2000. person
associatedWith Kitt, Sandra. person
correspondedWith Knight, John Shively, 1894-1981. person
associatedWith Kuralt, Charles, 1934-1997. person
associatedWith Michel, Don, 1931- person
associatedWith Mickelson, Sig. person
associatedWith Morris, Toby. person
associatedWith Morton, Hugh M. person
associatedWith Mudd, Roger, 1928- person
associatedWith New York Times Company. corporateBody
associatedWith O'Hara, Ham. person
associatedWith Ranville, Michael, 1943- person
associatedWith Sanders, Marlene. person
associatedWith Shapiro, Henry, 1906-1991. person
associatedWith Smith, H. Allen (Harry Allen), 1907-1976. person
associatedWith Spelman, Henry, of Narborough, person
associatedWith Sperry Corporation. Univac Division. corporateBody
associatedWith Spewack, Samuel and Bella. person
associatedWith United Press International. corporateBody
associatedWith WCBS/WCBS-TV (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Wershba, Joseph. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Houston (Tex.)
United States
Moscow (Russia)
Broadcast journalists
Television broadcasting of news
Broadcast journalism
Television news anchors
World War, 1939-1945--Journalists
Political conventions


Active 1920

Active 1992



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