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Walter Cronkite on Assignment

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Walter Cronkite doesn't hesitate when asked by Assignment interviewer Bill McNeil about the most exciting news stories he ever covered. He also recounts the unique experience he had as a member of the press covering the Nuremberg trials, spending a year sitting a mere 20 feet from Hermann Goering. And he lists the people who, up until this 1965 interview, have been some of the most fascinating personalities he has observed.

• Water Cronkite was born in Missouri in 1916. He left college to work as a newspaper reporter and radio announcer.

• During the Second World War, Cronkite became renouned as a war reporter, flying in a B-17 bomber, covering the front lines in Europe and North Africa and landing by glider in Holland. He covered the Nuremberg warcrime trials and reported from Moscow for the United Press.

• In 1962 Walter Cronkite became the anchor of the CBS Evening News, a position he held for 19 years. He covered the Apollo 11 and 13 space missions, the Iran hostage crisis (1980-81), the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the Vietnam war and Watergate scandal.

• "Uncle Walter" signed off on March 6, 1991, saying, "Old anchormen, you see, don't fade away; they just keep coming back for more. And that's the way it is: Friday, March 6, 1981. I'll be away on assignment, and Dan Rather will be sitting in here for the next few years. Good night."

• Cronkite stayed active as a special correspondent and political commentator until 2008.

Medium: Radio
Program: Assignment
Broadcast Date: Nov. 3, 1965
Guest(s): Walter Cronkite
Interviewer: Bill McNeil
Duration: 3:52

Last updated: November 4, 2014

Page consulted on November 4, 2014

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