Walter Cronkite (4 November, 1916 – 17 July, 2009) was an American broadcast journalist best known as anchorman for the CBS Evening News for 19 years (1962–81).
During the heyday of CBS News in the 1960s and 1970s, he was often cited as "the most trusted man in America" after being so named in an opinion poll.
Although he reported many events from 1937 to 1981, including bombing in World War II, the Nuremberg trials, combat in the Vietnam War, the death of President John F. Kennedy, Watergate and the Iran Hostage Crisis, he was known for extensive TV coverage of the U.S. space program, from Project Mercury to the Moon landings to the Space Shuttle. He was the only non-NASA recipient of a Moon-rock award.
The Beatles' first American TV broadcast was with Walter Cronkite.
In late June 2009, Cronkite was reported to be terminally ill. He died on 17 July, 2009, at his home in New York City, at the age of 92. He is believed to have died from cerebrovascular disease.