The man who was my inspiration to pursue a career in journalism has died. Walter Cronkite was 92.
Dubbed “the most trusted man in America,” he was the man who set the standard of television news anchormen — a standard rarely met by the majority of today’s standard bearers. He was articulate, intelligent, inquisitive and authoritative, but never lost touch with his human qualities. I cried as he choked up on the announcement of John Kennedy’s death, and cheered with his exclamation of “wow!” as Neil Armstrong first stepped onto the moon’s surface.
He was a professional who could walk with the dignitaries and the downtrodden and tell their stories with authority and compassion. He was also a person who shared his love of the world and the wonder of man’s achievements with us all.