November 4, 2016

Today marks what would have been legendary journalist Walter Cronkite’s 100th birthday, and Google Doodles is celebrating with a tribute.

Walter Cronkite, the legendary broadcast journalist reported, served, and comforted a nation during its most trying times, including World War II, Watergate, the Vietnam War, and the assassination of JFK, to name a few.

Walter perpetuated an objective reporting style rooted in justice and integrity.

Cronkite, who died in 2009, covered World War II for United Press and later anchored CBS Evening News from 1962 to 1981. He’s honored in more traditional places around the country, including with a journalism school named after him at Arizona State University, a museum in his hometown of St. Joseph, Missouri, and a bust in the Hall of Famous Missourians at the Missouri House of Representatives in Jefferson City, Missouri. (Cronkite is in good company there with Mark Twain and Scott Joplin.)

Google Doodles has celebrated journalists before, including Ida B. Wells and Nellie Bly.

Here’s a clip of today’s Doodle:


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