Media World: Walter Cronkite is the last of a breed

Cronkite
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Walter Cronkite, the newsman who Americans turned to in good times and bad when he anchored the "CBS Evening News" for 19 years, reportedly is near death.

According to TVNewser, CBS (CBS) began updating the obituary of the 92-year-old broadcaster a week ago. The expected passing of the newsman signals the end of several eras.

First, Cronkite may be the last link in the modern media to Edward R. Murrow, the legendary CBS broadcaster who gained fame for his riveting radio reports from London while it was being bombed by the Nazis during World War II. Murrow later moved to television and recruited Cronkite, who covered the Nuremberg War Crimes trials, in 1950 for the fledgling television news division of CBS.