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Cronkite dies, 92

WALTER Cronkite, the premier TV anchorman who reported with reassuring authority on events ranging from the killing of John F. Kennedy to the moon landing and came to be called "the most trusted man in America," died on Friday, aged 92.

Cronkite died at 7:42pm at his Manhattan home surrounded by family, his longtime chief-of-staff Marlene Adler said. She said the cause of death was cerebral vascular disease.

Cronkite was the face of the "CBS Evening News" from 1962 to 1981, when stories ranged from the assassinations of Kennedy and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to racial and anti-war riots, Watergate and the Iranian hostage crisis.

It was Cronkite who read the bulletins coming from Dallas when Kennedy was shot in 1963.

Cronkite was the broadcaster to whom the title "anchorman" was first applied.

He died just three days before the 40th anniversary of the moon landing, another earth-shaking moment of history linked inexorably with his reporting.

"He was a great broadcaster and a gentleman whose experience, honesty, professionalism and style defined the role of anchor and commentator," CBS Corp Chief Executive Leslie Moonves said.


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