CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite


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On April 16, 1962, Walter Cronkite succeeded Douglas Edwards as anchorman of the CBS Evening News (initially Walter Cronkite with the News). The program expanded from 15 to 30 minutes on September 2, 1963.

One of Cronkite's trademarks was ending the CBS Evening News with the phrase "...And that's the way it is," followed by the date. Keeping to standards of objective journalism, he omitted this phrase on nights when he ended the newscast with opinion or commentary.

Cronkite retired from the broadcast March 6, 1981, nine months before his 65th birthday, under a CBS policy at the time requiring mandatory retirement at 65. CBS correspondent Dan Rather replaced Cronkite the following Monday.

Highlights
Walter Cronkite on replacing Douglas Edwards on the CBS Evening News 
03:56
Walter Cronkite on coming up with his signature signoff "and that's the way it is"
02:06
James Wall on stage-managing CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite
09:53
Connie Chung on getting on-air on CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite and working with Cronkite
03:37
Dan Rather on Walter Cronkite's retirement
13:12
Who talked about this show

Connie Chung

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Connie Chung on getting on-air on CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite and working with Cronkite
03:37

Walter Cronkite

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Walter Cronkite on replacing Douglas Edwards on the CBS Evening News 
03:56
Walter Cronkite on coming up with his signature signoff "and that's the way it is"
02:06
Walter Cronkite on the very first days of the CBS Evening News at 6pm, and how he went on with no script
07:44
Walter Cronkite on the pressures on the press by the White House over the Watergate story
04:06
Walter Cronkite on replacing the anchor of the CBS Evening News, Douglas Edwards
06:58
Walter Cronkite on the expansion of the news from 15 to 30 minutes (in 1963) and how that changed the nature of the genre
03:03
Walter Cronkite on his decision to step down as anchor of the CBS Evening News; and on Dan Rather replacing him
04:34

Phil Donahue

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Phil Donahue on getting his first national exposure on CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite and a phone call from Walter Cronkite
03:30

Buck Henry

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Buck Henry on appearing on The CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite, explaining his prank-organization S.I.N.A (the Society for Indecency to Naked Animals) which was treated as a real-news piece and caused a rift between him and Cronkite ever since

Steve Kroft

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Steve Kroft on going to work for CBS News and covering El Salvador
04:23

Roger Mudd

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Roger Mudd on Walter Cronkite getting hired at CBS and his competition at NBC; on trying to get pieces onto Cronkite's show
04:41
Roger Mudd on filling in for Walter Cronkite as anchor of CBS Evening News
03:08

Dan Rather

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Dan Rather on becoming the CBS Evening News anchor and succeeding Walter Cronkite
13:12

Sanford Socolow

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Sanford Socolow on producing CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite
07:19
Sanford Socolow on his role as producer of CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite
16:42
Sanford Socolow on what Walter Cronkite brought to CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite
01:13
Sanford Socolow on Walter Cronkite's famous sign-off on CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite  - "And that's the way it is" 
02:16
Sanford Socolow on how Walter Cronkite became "the most trusted man in America" and the story behind Cronkite's on-air condemnation of the Vietnam War (which Cronkite delivered on a special primetime report, not on the CBS Evening News)
05:13
Sanford Socolow on not becoming Executive Producer of CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite when producer Ernie Lizer stepped down (a decision approved by Walter Cronkite and likely decided by Fred Friendly); on becoming a Vice President at CBS News
12:39
Sanford Socolow on the daily routines at CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite
03:35
Sanford Socolow on memorable interviews Cronkite conducted on CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite  - with JFK
01:07
Sanford Socolow on the competition between CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite and The Huntley-Brinkley Report
05:45
Sanford Socolow on finally becoming executive producer of CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite; on how the culture of the show had changed during his absence
03:21
Sanford Socolow on technological changes that had occurred during his absence from CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite
01:02
Sanford Socolow on CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite coverage of the Iran Hostage Crisis
03:19

James Wall

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James Wall on stage-managing CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite
09:53

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