Walter Cronkite Biography (1916-)

Full name, Walter Leland Cronkite, Jr.; born November 4, 1916, in St. Joseph,MO; son of Walter Leland (a dentist) and Helen Lena (maiden name, Fritsche)Cronkite; married Mary Elizabeth Simmons Maxwell (a journalist), March 30, 1940; children: Nancy Elizabeth, Mary Kathleen, Walter Leland III. Addresses: Office: CBS News, 51 W. 52nd St., Suite 1934, New York, NY 10019-6119.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Journalist, television news anchor, commentator, writer, producer, editor
Birth Details
November 4, 1916
St. Joseph, Missouri, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Anchor, CBS News Up to the Minute, CBS, 1951
  • Anchor, The Week in Review, CBS, 1951-62
  • Moderator, The Facts We Face (also known as Open Hearing),CBS, 1951
  • Moderator, Man of the Week, CBS, 1952-53
  • Host, Pick the Winner, CBS, 1952 , then 1956
  • Anchor, You Are There, CBS, 1953-57
  • Moderator, It's News to Me, CBS, 1954
  • Coordinator and master of ceremonies, Morning Show, CBS, 1953
  • Host, It's News to Me, CBS, 1955
  • Quiz authority, Two for the Money, 1955-56
  • Narrator, Air Power, CBS, 1956-57
  • Narrator, The 20th Century, CBS, 1957-1967 , renamed The 21st Century, 1967-1970
  • Anchor, Presidential Countdown, CBS, 1960
  • Anchor, Eyewitness, CBS, 1961-62
  • Anchor, CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite, CBS, 1962-81
  • Anchor, Campaign Countdown, CBS, 1980
  • Anchor, Universe, CBS, 1980-81 , renamed Walter Cronkite'sUniverse, CBS, 1981-82
  • The Cronkite Reports, Discovery Channel, 1994
  • Cronkite Remembers, CBS and Discovery Channel, 1996
  • Movies
  • Cameo, A Private Battle, CBS, 1980
  • Specials
  • Narrator, You Are There, CBS, 1971
  • Narrator, The Newsreel Era--Seventy Years of Headlines, CBS, 1972. Solzhenitsyn, CBS, 1974
  • Correspondent, CBS Reports: The Rockefellers, CBS, 1974
  • Vietnam: A War That Is Finished, CBS, 1975
  • The President in China, CBS, 1975
  • In Celebration of US, CBS, 1976
  • Our Happiest Birthday, CBS, 1977
  • Host, CBS: On the Air, CBS, 1978
  • Walt Disney ... One Man's Dream, CBS, 1981
  • Host, I, Leonardo: A Journey of the Mind, CBS, 1983
  • 1984 Revisited, CBS, 1984
  • Host, Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts,CBS, 1984 , 1985 , 1986 , 1987 , and 1988
  • Host and narrator, Hiroshima Plus Forty Years ... And Still Counting, CBS, 1985
  • Honor, Duty, and a War Called Vietnam, CBS, 1985
  • Reporter, Terrorism: War in the Shadows, CBS, 1985
  • Host, From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 1986, CBS, PBS,1986
  • Host, Walter Cronkite at Large, CBS, 1986
  • Texas 150: A Celebration Special, CBS, 1986
  • Host, From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 1987, PBS, 1987
  • Host, We the People 200: The Constitutional Gala, CBS, 1987
  • Narrator, Children of Apartheid, CBS, 1987
  • Special correspondent, Walter Cronkite at Large, CBS, 1987
  • The Television Academy Hall of Fame, Fox, 1987
  • Host, Nixon in China (opera), PBS, 1988
  • Irving Berlin's One Hundredth Birthday Celebration, 1988
  • The Holocaust: In Memory of Millions, Discovery Channel, 1993
  • Himself, The Kennedy Center Honors, 1998
  • (Uncredited; archive footage) Image of an Assassination: A New Look atthe Zapuder Film, 1998
  • Himself, AFI's 100 Years ... 100 Movies, 1998
  • Host, Fail Safe, 2000
  • Himself, Here's to You, Charlie Brown: 50 Great Years, 2000
  • Miniseries
  • (Uncredited; archive footage) Vietnam: A Television History, 1985
  • Narrator, Tobacco Wars, TLC, 1999
  • Episodic
  • Guest panelist, Front Page Challenge, 1962
  • Himself, "Ted Baxter Meets Walter Cronkite," The Mary Tyler Moore Show, 1974
  • Himself, "Roasted," Murphy Brown, 1989
  • Host, "From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 1998," Great Performances, 1998
  • Television Work
  • Series
  • Managing editor, CBS Evening News, CBS, 1962-81
  • Producer, The Cronkite Reports, Discovery Channel, 1994
  • Producer, Cronkite Remembers, CBS and Discovery Channel, 1996
  • Radio Appearances
  • Announcer, KCMO, Kansas City, MO, 1936-37
  • Football announcer, WKY, Oklahoma City, OK, 1937
  • Also commentator from Washington, DC, to Midwest radio stations, 1948-50.
  • Radio Work
  • Editor, KCMO, Kansas City, MO, 1936-37
  • Film Appearances
  • (Uncredited; archive voice and footage) All the President's Men, 1976
  • Narrator, The Dream Is Alive (documentary), IMAX Systems, 1984
  • (Uncredited; archive footage) Kerouac, the Movie, 1985
  • (Uncredited; archive footage) JFK, 1991
  • (Uncredited; archive footage) The Real Malcolm X, 1991
  • Himself (also archive footage) Beyond "JFK": The Question of Conspiracy, 1991
  • Voice of Captain Neweyes, We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story,1993
  • Himself, Veillees d'armes (also known as The Trouble We've Seen: A History of Journalism in Wartime and Veilees d'armes:Histoire du journalisme en temps de guerre), 1994
  • (Uncredited) Voice of himself, Apollo 13, 1995
  • Himself (Special Correspondent CBS News) 4 Little Girls, 1997
  • (Uncredited; archive footage) The Long Way Home, Seventh Art Releasing, 1997
  • RECORDINGS
  • Albums
  • WRITINGS
  • Television Specials
  • Walter Cronkite's Universe, 1980
  • Books
  • (Contributor) Conventions and Elections, 1960: A Complete Handbook, edited by M. Mirkin Stanford, Channel Press, 1960
  • Vietnam Perspective: A CBS News Special Report, Pocket Books, 1965
  • Eye on the World, Cowles, 1971
  • The Challenge of Change, Public Affairs Press, 1971
  • I Can Hear It Now: The Sixties, 1970
  • South by Southeast, 1983
  • North by Northeast, Oxmoor House, 1986
  • A Reporter's Life, 1997
  • Also contributed articles and reviews to periodicals and newspapers.

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books:
    • Encyclopedia of World Biography, February, 1976 Gale Research, 1998.
    Periodicals:
    • Atlantic Monthly, .
    • Current, June, 1980 .
    • Esquire, December, 1980 .
    • 50 Plus, November, 1979 March, 1985.
    • Knight-Ridder/Tribune News Service, February 26, 1997.May 22, 1996
    • New York Times, January 18, 1981 .
    • Newsweek, March 11, 1968 December 5, 1980; March 9, 1981.
    • People, March 9, 1981 September 22, 1986.
    • Reader's Digest, June 9, 1980 .
    • Saturday Review, November 9, 1983 .
    • Vogue, April 9, 1986 .

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