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Tributes from Cronkite’s Colleagues at CBS

Jul 17, 2009  •  Post A Comment

These short tributes have all been gathered  from the Associated Press:

His passing is, of course, a major loss for journalism. He was a great broadcaster and a gentleman whose experience, honesty, professionalism and style defined the role of anchor and commentator. For almost two exciting and turbulent decades during the 1960s and 1970s he helped inform our nation, and bring us together." — CBS Corp. chief executive Leslie Moonves.
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"How many news organizations get the chance to bask in the sunshine of a half-century of Edward R. Murrow followed by a half-century of Walter Cronkite?" — CBS News executive producer Don Hewitt, who created "60 Minutes" and was Cronkite’s first executive producer on the CBS Evening News.
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"I’ve been proud over the years to see Walter become not just one of the best-known people on television but one of the best-known people in the whole world of people. He was proud of me, too and there’s no better feeling in life than that. I wouldn’t trade Walter Cronkite liking me for just about anything I’ve ever had." — "60 Minutes" commentator Andy Rooney.

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"You will never meet anyone who is as warm and as much of a gentleman as Walter Cronkite. He loved music, he loved the Grateful Dead. He collected drums, including one from the drummer of the Grateful Dead. He adopted them and they adopted him; he was totally a fan. There were many sides to Walter." — CBS News and Sports president Sean McManus.
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"It’s hard to imagine a man for whom I had more admiration than Cronkite. … He was a superb reporter and honorable man, a fine friend and I have nothing but admiration for Cronkite." — CBS "60 Minutes" correspondent emeritus Mike Wallace.
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"He was so revered and beloved here. … He was a personification of integrity and decency and humanity." — CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric.

—Chuck Ross

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