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Walter Cronkite on Assignment

The Story

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.

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

Did You know?

• 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.



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