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Narrator: Walter Cronkite
Veteran CBS-TV News anchorman, Walter Leland Cronkite, Jr., began his life in Houston, Texas. After graduating from Houston's San Jacinto High School in 1933, he enrolled in the University of Texas. While there, he worked on the college newspaper, The Daily Texan, as well as working for the State Capitol as a copy boy and reporter for various newspapers at the bureaus. His time at the newspaper let to his quitting the University of Texas to work full-time as a reporter at the Houston Post.
Other influences in Cronkite's journalism career included Texas newspaperman Gordon Kent Shearer, writer of "Under the Dome"; and Midwestern radio stations. He covered the European theater for United Press during World War II, and afterwards he covered the Nuremberg trials.
In 1950 he joined CBS News, covering national political conventions and elections between 1952 and 1981. He pioneered the CBS Evening News in 1962 and anchored that program until he retired in 1981. He came to know Billy Graham through his interviews for the CBS News. Since his retirement, Cronkite has hosted a number of programs, including CBS's Universe (1982) and A&E's Dinosaur (1991), and coproduced PBS's Why in the World.
Source: Famous Texans
Producer: Donna Campbell
Donna Campbell is a writer/producer who specializes in documentary projects for public television. A native of Charlotte NC, she began her work in print, founding Lake Norman Magazine, a popular regional publication for the fast-growing North Carolina community, in 1983. When she sold the magazine to Knight-Ridder Inc in 1986, she continued as editor and publisher, becoming Knight-Ridder's first woman in that role. In 1990, she worked with her sister Susan to write and produce a television program about domestic violence. Any Day Now featured personal stories from sixteen woman across North Carolina and was broadcast nationally to much acclaim. Inspired by the power of personal documentary, Donna has continued to work in television. Recent projects include George Beverly Shea: The Wonder of It All and Hard Rain: Lessons Learned from the Flood of '99,-both nominated for Regional Emmy Awards. She also produced Something In Common, a documentary on diversity in North Carolina schools which premiered in April 2001. She has also produced Higher Ground, a follow-up on the victims of Hurricane Floyd, and Faces From the Flood, depicting some of Hurricane Floyd's heroes.