Newsman Walter Cronkite Dies at Age 92

July 18, 2009

AUSTIN, Texas — Walter Cronkite, longtime reporter and news anchor, died July 17, 2009, at the age of 92.

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Cronkite attended The University of Texas at Austin in the 1930s and worked as a student reporter at The Daily Texan. His papers reside with the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at the university.

"Walter Cronkite defined broadcast journalism in the 20th century," said William Powers Jr., president of the university. "He set the standard for honesty and integrity, and he remains an enduring symbol of credibility in news reporting. No one will ever match his deeply resonant voice of authority, wisdom and gravity. For decades, Walter Cronkite was the most trusted source of news for Americans from all walks of life.

"Throughout his life, Walter Cronkite remained deeply connected to The University of Texas at Austin. We have lost one of our most treasured, honored and accomplished native sons," Powers said.

Tower and view of Austin's skyline from Town Lake in Soul video for What Starts Here Legendary newsman Walter Cronkite narrated broadcast advertising spots for The University of Texas at Austin.

For more information on Cronkite's connection to the university go to:

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Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

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18 Comments to "Newsman Walter Cronkite Dies at Age 92"

1.  Lauren Waelder said on July 20, 2009


2.  Dianne Kline said on July 20, 2009

I still remember as a 10-year-old watching Walter Cronkite announce that President John F. Kennedy was dead. It was an even more touching story for me because he was breaking up while trying to tell the nation what happened. I haven't trusted another television reporter since he left the news. I hope he is at peace.

3.  Txfriend said on July 22, 2009

What a great honor for The University of Texas at Austin to have had the "Most Trusted Man in America" get his start at The Daily Texan. It goes without saying, "What Starts Here Changes the World." Thank you, Mr. Cronkite. God bless you.

4.  David Bilodeau said on July 26, 2009

A great Longhorn has gone to his great reward, having shared so much of himself with all of us for so many years.

Hook 'em, Walter. We love you. We will miss you. Until we meet again...

5.  TXDoctor said on July 30, 2009

Why do they say "Amen" at the end of the photo slide show? Otherwise, a beautiful eulogy to a great man.

6.  Syed Rizvi said on July 30, 2009

Syed Rizvi said on July 30, 2009

May God bless Walter's soul with peace. Men of his caliber are rare.

7.  Andy Pate said on July 30, 2009

Please ask The Daily Texan to do a story on this legacy and also include discussion of other former students who've worked on the paper who have made significant public contributions in their careers.

8.  Greg Alexander said on July 30, 2009

It's past time for The University of Texas at Austin to honor him with, at the least, naming the Journalism School after him.

9.  Harold Davis said on July 30, 2009

For "Uncle" Walter, Gabriel has blown his horn. Thanks, Walter, not for just reporting the news, but for the journalism.

10.  Paul said on July 30, 2009

I wish we had more men like Walter Cronkite. He will be missed!

11.  Jim Mueller said on July 30, 2009

I remember sitting in the lecture hall at the LBJ School in the early 1970s as Walter Cronkite was about to speak. Just as he was to begin, a male student ran from the right side of the front of the stage and out the exit door on the left...completely nude. The audience broke up in laughter and applause for the streaker. Mr. Cronkite, without missing a beat, said, "I don't know how I'm going to top that," which brought down the house for the next several minutes.

12.  Stephen said on July 30, 2009

Why is the word "amen" at the end of the tribute bothersome? According to the dictionary, amen means "it is so; so be it." Another definition is "truly." Although "amen" is traditionally heard at the end of a prayer or hymn, that doesn't mean it can't be used correctly in other contexts.

13.  Tracy Garrison-Feinberg said on July 30, 2009

Proud to be a fellow alum with this grand man, and proud to have met him briefly in New York. He was truly a giant--we may not see his like again. God speed, Mr. Cronkite--your presence helped make a little more sense of the world.

14.  Charlene Martin Winter said on July 30, 2009

I had the honor of interviewing Mr. Cronkite for the university radio station in the early '60s. Not only was he a great newsman, he was a very kind and considerate gentleman to a very nervous college student.

15.  Harper Clark said on July 30, 2009

John Mark Dempsey, a professor of broadcast journalism at the University of North Texas in the last decade, contacted Cronkite in 2000 to cut a tape commemorating his school days at The University of Texas at Austin in the 1930s. Cronkite graciously accepted the proposal and told Dempsey about his part-time gig doing the intro for the Light Crust Dough Boys when they came to Austin. That memorable band hired Cronkite on a regular basis. I believe Cronkite said he got $5 every time they came to town, and for a college lad that was a lot of money in the depression years. Dempsey got him to recreate his Texas yahoo. "The Texas Doughboys are on the air -- Yahoo!" Cronkite yipped. What a grand old man. I've listened to a copy of the tape Dempsey gave me and will treasure it for life.

16.  Marjorie Heaton said on July 31, 2009

There are few individuals who can stand as tall in the field of journalism as Mr. Cronkite stood, but at the same time he gave you the feeling of being a good, trusted friend. It would be wonderful if our lives were filled with individuals like him - both professionally and personally. His departure leaves a void that cannot be filled!

17.  terry said on Aug. 7, 2009

Mr. Walter Cronkite was a man's man. I remember him reporting on the Vietnam War. He will be missed. Hook 'em. Amen.

18.  Gail Lampert Greenberg said on May 15, 2010

In re: Comment #11 by Jim Mueller, I was also at this event. It was in May 1975 at the graduation ceremony of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at which Walter Cronkite was the commencement speaker. I also remember the streaker and Mr. Cronkite's hilarious remark. But what impressed me most was that when he found out that there was an overflow crowd, and some people were having to watch the ceremony on closed-circuit TV in a room down the hall, Mr. Cronkite went to the room to greet the people there in person before coming into the main auditorium to give his speech. He was the preeminent journalist of our time, but he was also a caring human being. I will always remember and be inspired by what he did that day.