Walter Leland Cronkite, Jr. – A Brief Biography

The founder of the Progressive Faith Foundation, Rabbi Steven B. Jacobs has dedicated his career to civil rights, education, and spiritual leadership for more than 40 years. In 2001, the Interfaith Alliance awarded Rabbi Steven Jacobs with the Walter Cronkite Faith and Freedom Award, recognizing his tireless efforts in racial justice, labor rights, and the facilitation of interfaith communication.

One of the most popular American broadcast journalists and anchormen of his time, Walter Leland Cronkite, Jr. is best known for his work with the CBS Evening News between 1962 and 1981. During his tenure, Walter Cronkite delivered the shocking news of President Kennedy’s assassination on November 22, 1963.

Cronkite began his career as an editor and news content writer for United Press and Scripps Howard in the mid-1930s, and entered radio broadcasting shortly afterwards. Cronkite gained significant attention for his coverage of World War II, as well as for his reporting work following the Nuremberg Trials.

After joining CBS News in 1950, Walter Cronkite delivered frank, dependable coverage of Kennedy’s assassination, the Vietnam War, the United States space program, and the Watergate affair, among other significant events. Eleven years before his death, the Interface Alliance, of which Cronkite was the honorary chairman, established the Walter Cronkite Faith and Freedom Award, recognizing democratic values and honorable community participation.

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