Q&A with Douglas Brinkley
Rice University History Professor Douglas Brinkley talked about his new biography of long-time CBS “Evening News” anchor Walter Cronkite, who was often referred to as “the most… read more
Rice University History Professor Douglas Brinkley talked about his new biography of long-time CBS “Evening News” anchor Walter Cronkite, who was often referred to as “the most trusted man in America.” Cronkite chronicles his early life in Missouri and Texas and his United Press wire service reporting from the front lines of World War II. He shared stories of Cronkite’s rise through the ranks of CBS News, including the task of anchoring the 1952 political conventions and the expansion of the CBS Evening News from 15 to 30 minutes in 1963. Brinkley suggests that while Cronkite’s Evening News broadcasts aimed for political objectivity, his radio commentaries were what he terms “left leaning.” Brinkley describes Cronkite’s retirement at age 65 from the nightly newscast and his subsequent regret in choosing Dan Rather as his replacement. Brinkley discussed his research methods, which included access to Cronkite’s private papers and interviews with over 150 people. close
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