Famous and Remembered Anchorman Quotes

Selected and unique profiles on our favorite news presenters - news anchors

 

"From Dallas, Texas, the flash, apparently official (reading AP flash): President Kennedy died at 1 p.m. Central Standard Time — 2:00 Eastern Standard Time, some 38 minutes ago."

Walter Cronkite presenting flash news on the murder of President Kennedy in 1963.

"…and that's the way it is," followed by the date was Cronkites regular sign off phrase..

The sign off phrase used by Walter Cronkite on CBS Evening news.

Walter Leland Cronkite JR. was born in St. Joseph Missouri in November 1916. Despite being born in Missouri he perhaps became known as one of the most famous Texans of his times. Cronkite started his journalistic career at Midwestern radio stations. He spent World War II in Europe reporting for United Press on the front line. His big break came as the anchorman of CBS Evening News. A position he held from it's creation in 1962 until his retirement in 1981 (Dan Rather was his successor). Cronkite was an integral part of the news covering the the assasination of president Kennedy, the Apollo 11 moon landing, to the Watergate scandal which forced president Nixon to resign.

Walter Cronkite pretty much on his own established the position as news anchor and set the standards for coming generations of news presenters. Cronkite passed away july 18:th 2009 at the age of 92.

 
News anchor Walter Cronkite
Walter Cronkite (CBS)

 

"That's Nightly News for this Wednesday night. I'm Tom Brokaw. You'll see Brian Williams here tomorrow night; and I'll see you along the way."

Tom Brokaw during his last broadcast in front of 15.7 million viewers on NBC.

Among the big three - Brokaw, Rather and Jennings, Tom Brokaw had the highest ratings the longest period of time. This being from the early 90's to his retirement in 2004.

 
News anchor Tom Brokaw
Tom Brokaw (NBC)

 

"…and that's part of our world tonight."

Dan Rather succeded Walter Cronkite's as newsanchor at CBS. His catch sign-off phrase stated above became well known all over the US.

Dan Rather hosted CBS Evening News for a total of 24 consecutive years. In 2005 he was forced to quit after a controversial report on George W. Bush which turned out to be untrue. The scandal has been called Rathergate. The scandal itself started by a report which Rather did on 60 Minutes. After quitting CBS Rather sued CBS for $70 million.

 
News anchor Dan Rather
Dan Rather (CBS)

 

"We do not very often make recommendations for people's behavior from this chair," ... "but...if you're a parent, you've got a kid in some other part of the country, call them up. Exchange observations."

Peter Jennings during a 17 hour straight broadcast marathon in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Canadian born Peter Jennings was the host of ABC's World News Tonight from 1984 until his death 2005 which was due to lung cancer.

 
News anchor Peter Jennings
Peter Jennings (ABC)

 

Katherine Anne "Katie" Couric came into the spotlight by being a co-anchor of "The Today Show". Eventually she moved to CBS being the first woman to single handed host one of the main news show - the CBS Evening News.

She has also taken part in well respected CBS 60 minutes as well as hosting The Tonight Show. When doing so a special desk was installed, exposing her famous legs to the viewers.

 
News anchor Katie Couric
Katie Couric (CBS)

 

Another widely famous female anchorman, or as is the title in the United Kingdom - news reader - is Natasha Kaplinsky. Her TV career started as a host of a youth show which she did together with Sacha Baron Cohen.

As a newspresenter she moved on to ITV and later co-presented Live at Five on Sky News. Her fame rose further switching to BBC News. The biggest break occurred when she was recruited by channel Five where she is the star host of Five News, she's supposedly also the best paid anchor in Britain earning over £300 000. Not long after starting her career on channel Five she went on maternity leave.

One of many shows Natasha has participated in is Strictly Come Dancing where she was considered one of the hottest stars ever to have attended.

 
News anchor Natasha Kaplinsky
Natasha Kaplinsky (Channel Five UK)

 

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