The legendary US newscaster Walter Cronkite, who gained a reputation for being "the most trusted man in America", has died at home in New York at the age of 92.
Mr Cronkite, who had been ill for some time, presented the evening news bulletin on CBS for nearly 20 years from 1962, helping it to become the most watched news programme in the country.
He married his wife, Betsy, in 1940 and the couple had three children. Mrs Cronkite died in 2005.
During his lengthy career, he informed the country of major world events such as the moon landings, the Watergate scandal and the Vietnam War, all in his trademark calm and measured style.
In September 1963, Mr Cronkite filmed an exclusive interview with John F Kennedy, then two months later emotionally broke the news that the president had been assassinated.
His opinion came to be so trusted that when he voiced on air his view that the US could not win the war in Vietnam, President Lyndon B Johnson is reported to have said: "If I've lost Cronkite, I've lost middle-America."
Mr Cronkite, who always ended his programmes with the catchphrase "that's the way it is", handed over the reins of the evening news programme to Dan Rather in 1981.
But although he continued to present news specials for the network, he said he had immediately regretted his decision and had done so "every day since".
US President Barack Obama said Mr Cronkite had never let the American people down and that the country had lost "an icon and a dear friend".
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