With Walter Cronkite's death, we at KSL feel as though we've lost a dear colleague and friend.
During the formative years of the Eyewitness News, when KSL was a CBS affiliate, Cronkite was our network anchor, and for the young journalists who worked here, their role model and hero. No one did it better. Not just anchoring of the Evening News, but reporting.
Never inclined to stardom or to being the story, Cronkite always delivered the news with a believability factor that earned him respect as "the most trusted person in America." The Kennedy assassination! Vietnam! The space program! Politics! And the everyday stories of America and the world.
It was a turbulent time, yet he practiced journalism with an impeccable sense of integrity and objectivity that many in the profession today would do well to emulate. Getting the story and getting it right is a lesson worthy of remembering in this modern world of blogs and tweets and instant news cycles.
KSL is grateful for our long association with Walter Cronkite. Though it has been several decades since his retirement, we have felt the lingering influence of his legendary work. With the rest of America, we cherish his memory and impact on our lives.