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Born in St. Joseph, Missouri, Mr. Cronkite began his career as a news writer and editor for Scripps-Howard and United Press. He was a war correspondent for United Press and, after the war, reopened news bureaus for UP in Amsterdam and Brussels. Mr. Cronkite was chief correspondent covering the Nuremberg trials and was bureau manager in Moscow. He became a CBS television correspondent in 1950.
He is the recipient of a 1962 Peabody Award, the William White Award for Journalistic Merit, an Emmy Award from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the George Polk Journalism Award, and a Gold Medal from the International Radio and Television Society. Mr. Cronkite is a long-time member of the Society of Professional Journalists.
His 1996 autobiography, A Reporter's Life, was a bestseller. An avid sailor, Mr. Cronkite wrote the text to South by Southeast, a record of his impressions sailing the waterways from Chesapeake Bay to Key West. A sequel, North by Northeast, also was published.
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