Walter Cronkite made his name in broadcast news, but print journalism, "a much purer form of journalism," is still his first love.
Cronkite, 79, was filming scenes Tuesday in Emporia, Kan., for a documentary he will narrate called "A Flame in His Soul: The William Allen White Story." Cronkite grew up reading White, editor of The Emporia Gazette from 1895 to 1944."He influenced my getting into journalism," Cronkite said. "During my young journalism days, everybody was reading his autobiography."
Before spending nearly two decades anchoring the "CBS Evening News," Cronkite worked as a correspondent for United Press. He called print journalism "a much purer form of journalism."
"I certainly hope that some of us in broadcast escaped the show-biz aspect of television news," Cronkite said. "But in broadcast, there is no way you can remove yourself from the fact that you are in the entertainment industry."