It’s apparently supposed to be a best-kept corporate secret, but the cat’s out of the bag now. Quietly working his way up the ranks at CBS News is the grandson of legendary CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite, Politico.com reports.
Walter Cronkite IV is working at the CBS News Washington bureau, where he started as an intern in summer 2009, the story reports. He has since worked his way up to full-time broadcast associate for the network’s political unit.
According to those who work with him, Walter IV, who goes by Walt, doesn’t act like anything is coming to him. He has earned his position based on hard work and not name recognition, the report says.
CBS declined to comment on his role in the bureau and would not make Cronkite available for interviews. The network is trying to let him work outside the spotlight.
Cronkite’s parents are Walter “Chip” Cronkite III and Deborah Rush, an actress whose credits include the TV shows “Strangers With Candy” and “Spin City,” the story reports.
His grandfather, who anchored "CBS Evening News" throughout the 1960s and 1970s and was often referred to as "the most trusted man in America," died in 2009.