Local & Regional
Sat July 18, 2009
Cronkite's Tulsa Connection
By John Durkee
Tulsa, OK – The late Walter Cronkite spent his formative years in and around Tulsa. When the "Most Trusted Man in America" was just six-months old his family moved to Sapulpa and stayed with relatives while his father fought in World War I.
Later he would return to Tulsa to be a fill-in/vacation relief United Press reporter. His book "A Reporter's Life" details his efforts to write an oil column for the wire service.
He broadcast live from the University of Tulsa campus in the 1930s. He called the play-by-play of a TU-OU football game from Skelly Stadium over Oklahoma City radio station WKY.
All of this was before World War II where he covered the D-Day landings for the UP, and his long stint as the anchor of the "CBS Evening News." Cronkite was last in Tulsa in 1999 to speak before the Salvation Army.