Walter Cronkite Net Worth, Biography.

Originally posted on September 5, 2019 @ 1:40 pm

A Journalist’s job is to hold a mirror up to society. They show the public what is happening nationally and worldwide. Walter Cronkite was the most trusted man in the USA. He worked as a nighttime anchorman for the CBS’ Evening News for 19 years.

Walter died at the age of 92 back in 2009 at his home in New York City. The late journalist had accumulated significant wealth from his professional career. His shows are syndicated across the country and earn millions of dollars. Let’s find out Walter Cronkite’s net worth at the time of his death.

Who is Walter Cronkite? His Career Info, Highlights.

Walter Cronkite was a journalist, broadcaster, television news anchor. He was born in St.Joseph, Missouri. Walter’s full name is Walter Lealand Cronkite Jr. He used to celebrate his birthday on November 4th and was born in 1916.

Walter lived in Kansas City, Missouri, until he was ten before his family relocated to Houston, Texas. He attended Sancti High School. Later, he would enroll in the University of Texas in Austin. Surprisingly, he dropped out of college to pursue his career in journalism.

The journalist covered a variety of news. These include top stories from the early 1960s to early 1980s for CBS. He left the university to work for the ‘Houston Post’ in 1935 and then joined Midwestern radio stations.

World War, Vietnam War.

During World War II, Walter Cronkite became one of the top reporters of the USA as well as covered the news of Europe and North America.

Not only that but he also reported several events including combat in the Vietnam War, The Iran Hostage Crisis, the Dawson’s Field Hijackings, Watergate, the assassinations of President John F.Kennedy as well as John Lennon.

After joining CBS News in 1950, he worked on many programs and covered national political conventions and elections. In 1962, he came up with a new show ‘CBS Evening News’ and also, anchored ‘Up To The Minute,’ a Sunday night broadcast, at the meantime.

Image of Walter Cronkite from the American TV series, You Are There
Walter Cronkite from the American TV series, You Are There

Television Host.

Other than that, Walter Cronkite was the host of other CBS News programs. He hosted ‘You Are There’ that put the audience in the middle of the historical events that ran from 1953 to 1957. Later, it was briefly revived in 1971.

The CBS Evening News anchor retired on March 6, 1981. Besides, Cronkite was famous for his extensive coverage of the US space program, landing on the moon on July 20, 1969. Throughout his career, he won many awards for his work. Before his death, Walter was honoured with the Ambassador of Exploration Award.

But the sad news was, Walter Cronkite, passed away on July 17, 2009, from cerebrovascular disease. His funeral took place at St. Bartholomew’s Church in midtown Manhattan, New York City.

Image of Walter Cronkite with his wife Mary Elizabeth Maxwell
Walter Cronkite with his wife, Mary Elizabeth Maxwell

Walter Cronkite was married to Mary Elizabeth Maxwell from 1940 until her death from cancer in 2005 with whom he had three children; Nancy, Kathy, and Walter Cronkite III. Then he dated singer Joanna Simon from 2005 to 2009.

Walter Cronkite Net Worth.

As an anchor and host, Walter garnered millions of viewers on his shows. Furthermore, he gained additional income from his endorsements and book deals. But what is the figure of his total net worth and salary?

Image of Journalist, Walter Cronkite net worth is $20 million
Journalist, Walter Cronkite net worth is $20 million

Walter Cronkite had a total net worth of $20 million. He had signed a seven years contract with CBS in 1981 that paid him $1 million per year. After Dan Rather replaced him in 1998, he got paid $150,000 per year by CBS to act as a consultant for the cable.

Moreover, Walter had authored a book titled ‘A Reporter’s Life‘ in 1996 that he wrote about his experience with D-Day, NASA’s first moonwalk, the Civil Rights Movement, and many more.

House and Cars Details.

The late journalist had earned a huge buck from his career. At the time, Walter Cronkite paid not less than a million. He lived in millions of dollars mansion in the New York City along with his family.

The late journalist had a home in Edgartown, Mass. His house was listed on the market, asking $12.5 million. The 4,330 square feet house was built in 1929 that features six-bedrooms and a half bathroom.

However, the detail of his home is not mentioned on the internet, but we can assume that he had invested some of his income in other business as well.

Image of Radio Personality, Walter Cronkite with his car
Radio Personality, Walter Cronkite with his car

In addition, he was a car lover. Walter Cronkite liked to drive fast. Furthermore, he drove the pace car 1959 Firecracker 250 at Daytona.

Quick Info.

Name Walter Leland Cronkite Jr.
Profession TV and Radio Broadcaster, News Anchor
Net Worth $20 Million
Salary $1 Million
Age 92
Died July 23, 2009
Spouse Mary Elizabeth Maxwell
Children Three

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