Walter Cronkite Memorial

Walter Cronkite Memorial The Walter Cronkite Memorial, a tribute to the famed news anchor born in St. Joseph, is located in Spratt Hall Atrium at Missouri Western State University.
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The Walter Cronkite Memorial, a tribute to the famed news anchor who was born in St. Joseph, is located in Spratt Hall Atrium at Missouri Western State University, 4525 Downs Drive. The Memorial includes several wall displays devoted to all aspects of his life, from his childhood and family to his time at the anchor desk and his passion for NASA’s Space Program. There are interactive kiosks dedicated to his news broadcasts and self-narrated stories about his life. In honor of Cronkite’s 1944 perilous flight into enemy-occupied Holland as a war correspondent, a replica of the WWII Waco Combat Glider he flew on is suspended from the ceiling. The memorial also contains a display of items from his life and career and a replica of Cronkite's 1970 newsroom where you can sit at his desk and take your picture. Admission to the Memorial is free. For large group tours or field trips, please make arrangements by calling (816) 271-4100. The Memorial is open from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The Memorial is closed on major holidays.

01/20/2020

Please note that we are closed today, along with Missouri Western, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

12/22/2019

Please note the Walter Cronkite Memorial will be closed in accordance with Missouri Western State University's winter break (12/23/19 – 1/1/2020). Thank you.

Exciting news out of Hollywood.The Memorial offers footage and reflection regarding President Kennedy's assassination - ...
12/20/2019
Chris Pine to play Walter Cronkite in 'Newsflash' movie about eve of JFK's death

Exciting news out of Hollywood.The Memorial offers footage and reflection regarding President Kennedy's assassination - an enormously sad moment in American history that is also an iconic moment in Cronkite's career.

https://ew.com/movies/2019/11/07/chris-pine-walter-kronkite-newsflash-movie/

We interrupt your regularly scheduled programming to bring you this breaking news report: Chris Pine is set to play broadcast…

12/12/2019
Made With Uncommon Character, St. Joseph, MO

Thanks for the lovely video, Made with Uncommon Character. If you haven't checked out their website, uncommoncharacter.com, it's a fantastic resource for everything St. Jo, MO!

For decades, families across America invited him into their living rooms every evening, trusting he would bring national and world events into focus. With his deep voice and warm demeanor, Walter Cronkite delivered the news of the day — good and bad — with unfaltering dignity and integrity.

https://uncommoncharacter.com/stories/walter-cronkite-memorial/

Walter Cronkite Memorial
Missouri Western State University

11/24/2019

Please note that the Walter Cronkite Memorial will be closed this week (11/25/19 – 11/29/19) due to Missouri Western's fall break. Thank you!

08/13/2019
WALTER CRONKITE 1956 Democratic Convention

Throwback to Cronkite's 1956 Convention broadcast, which was considered flashy for the time. Cronkite produced the same solid commentary - it was the production values that were considered state of the art. Take a look!

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Check out this lovely piece by KSHB in Kansas City honoring Cronkite's love of space - and our new Apollo 11 exhibit!
07/30/2019
Walter Cronkite's coverage of moon landing remembered in KC

Check out this lovely piece by KSHB in Kansas City honoring Cronkite's love of space - and our new Apollo 11 exhibit!

As America marks the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing, one of the journalists that helped narrate the moment in history hails from the Kansas City area.

07/19/2019
NBC, ABC Anchors On Cronkite

Prominent news people remark on Walter Cronkite’s legacy at the news of his passing in 2009:

Former "NBC Nightly News" anchor Tom Brokaw, along with that program's current anchor Brian Williams, and "World News Tonight" anchor Charlie Gibson discuss ...

07/19/2019
Walter Cronkite Dies At 92

It’s hard to believe that it has been 10 years since Walter Cronkite passed away. This CBS retrospective – now history itself - brings back memories.

Legendary news anchor Walter Cronkite has passed away in New York at the age of 92. His journalistic career covered such historic events as the coronation of...

07/16/2019
Walter Cronkite And The Lunar Landing (CBS News)

Today marks 50 years since start of the iconic 1969 Apollo 11 moon mission, and Walter Cronkite was there for it all. Check out this retrospective published by CBS - or even better, check out our Apollo 11 exhibit, on display now!

Walter Cronkite reflects on what it was like to be on the air while watching the first man reach the moon. (CBSNews.com)

We would be remiss if we did not acknowledge the retirement of Missouri Western's President and the force behind the Wal...
07/01/2019

We would be remiss if we did not acknowledge the retirement of Missouri Western's President and the force behind the Walter Cronkite Memorial, Dr. Robert Vartabedian. It was his vision to create a fitting memorial to St. Joseph’s beloved native son and one of the most important and trusted voices in our country’s history.

Thank you, congratulations, and best of luck, Dr. Vartabedian!

06/22/2019
KNXT-2 1973 The Big News With Walter Cronkite Skylab!!!

On this day in history, Skylab 2 returned safely to earth – the first space station visitors to make it through re-entry. Walter Cronkite reports:

KNXT-2 1973 The Big News With Walter Cronkite Skylab!!! all tapes are cleaned and baked before transfer. please keep in mind the quality Matters on condition...

Man on the Moon! Walter Cronkite's July 1969 report on the Apollo 11 mission became one of his most iconic broadcasts. T...
06/18/2019

Man on the Moon! Walter Cronkite's July 1969 report on the Apollo 11 mission became one of his most iconic broadcasts. To commemorate the 50th anniversary, we've created a new exhibit exploring Cronkite's space reporting. We are also excited to partner with the Cosmosphere space museum to feature some actual NASA artifacts! Stop by this summer to take a closer look.

05/09/2019
Dan Rather sits down with World War II correspondents

Walter Cronkite reported from the field in World War II. In this video from 1985, he discusses his experience with some of his fellow reporters, including Eric Sevareid and Andy Rooney.

From the CBS Morning News in London, hosted by Dan Rather, on May 6, 1985 to mark the 40th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe. Included are Wal...

04/04/2019
1968 King Assassination Report (CBS News)

Today marks the anniversary of the death of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. Cronkite reports:

Walter Cronkite had almost finished broadcasting the "CBS Evening News" when he received word of Martin Luther King's assassination. His report detailed the ...

03/27/2019
Walter Cronkite on his interview with Anwar Sadat

On this day in history, March 26, 1979, Walter Cronkite reported on the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel. Cronkite had a role in brokering this peace between Anwar Sadat and speaks about his experience in this retrospective video:

In his 2006 appearance at the NCAA National Convention, Cronkite calls his interview with Anwar Sadat the most important interview he ever did.

03/05/2019
You are There [Siege of the Alamo]

Cronkite’s history television show “You Are There” ran from 1953 through 1957. Today’s episode is about the Alamo. Check it out here:

My personal homage to the Radio Show turned Television Show [You are There] with Walter Cronkite

We are all familiar with Cronkite's iconic reporting on the death of President Kennedy, but as the anchor for CBS Evenin...
01/23/2019
Walter Cronkite announces the death of LBJ

We are all familiar with Cronkite's iconic reporting on the death of President Kennedy, but as the anchor for CBS Evening News from 1962-1981, Cronkite was also there to report the death of former President Lyndon B. Johnson on this day in 1973.

Walter Cronkite announced the death of former President Lyndon B. Johnson after taking a phone call from the press secretary during a "CBS Evening News" broa...

01/08/2019
What's my Line - Walter Cronkite

Once upon a time, Walter Cronkite was the guest on the show "What's My Line," which ran on CBS from 1950-1967. Fun walk down memory lane for some of us!

The most trusted voice in America is the mystery guest. At Disney, he recorded the narration for the Special Christmas Finale in IllumiNations Fireworks (EPC...

Happy Holidays!  In 2002, Walter Cronkite was featured as the guest speaker for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's Christmas ...
12/22/2018

Happy Holidays! In 2002, Walter Cronkite was featured as the guest speaker for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's Christmas Concerts. It was reportedly one of his happiest moments, and his baton has been featured in exhibits here at the Memorial.

Photo courtesy of Deseret News

12/20/2018
Conan O'Brien 'Walter Cronkite 2/20/04

Throwback Thursday to a fun interview from 2004 - Cronkite sits down with Conan O'Brien.

Late Night with Conan O'Brien -- thanks for Conan Obsessed for sharing

12/12/2018
Walter Cronkite Martha's Vineyard

Walter Cronkite was a conservationist, especially when it came to rivers, lakes, and oceans. In 1993, he appeared in this promotional ad to protect Buzzard's Bay, a popular destination for boating near his Martha's Vineyard home.

http://westislandweather.com/ This 1993 clip featured Walter Cronkite from his Martha's Vineyard home promoting the Coalition for Buzzards Bay. (The two litt...

11/27/2018
Johnny Carson Plays Walter Cronkite

Who remembers the TV great Johnny Carson? His impersonation of Cronkite will have you chuckling.

This is really funny, Johnny is making fun and paying his respects at the same time.

11/21/2018
JFK assassination: Cronkite informs a shocked nation

Tomorrow marks 56 years since the fateful day that President Kennedy passed away, and the day that Cronkite announced it to the world.

"As The World Turns" was airing on CBS the afternoon of November 22, 1963, when Walter Cronkite broke in to tell the nation that President Kennedy had been s...

St. Joseph friends - please join us for the 25th AnnualR. Dan Boulware Convocation on Critical Issues tomorrow here at M...
11/12/2018
Featuring Chris Wallace

St. Joseph friends - please join us for the 25th Annual
R. Dan Boulware Convocation on Critical Issues tomorrow here at Missouri Western. Speaker Chris Wallace will present "A View from Washington." Free and open to the public.

Fun fact: Chris Wallace got an early start in the broadcasting business serving as Walter Cronkite's assistant at the 1964 Republican Convention.

The 25th Annual R. Dan Boulware Convocation on Critical Issues presents Chris Wallace “A View From Washington” 10 a.m. Tuesday, November 13, 2018 Looney Complex Arena Free and Open to the Public Read Mr. Wallace’s Biography Convocation Luncheon November 13 11:45

10/23/2018
Walter Cronkite: On His Signature Sign-off

Ever wondered how Cronkite came up with his catchphrase "And that's the way it is"? The answer is just a click away:

In a 1996 Newseum interview, Walter Cronkite explained the origin of his signature phrase, "And that's the way it is."

Our new exhibit is up!  If you haven't been to the Memorial in awhile, this would be a great time to visit us again.
10/10/2018

Our new exhibit is up! If you haven't been to the Memorial in awhile, this would be a great time to visit us again.

One unique resource from the Memorial can be found on our website. Dr. Steven Greiert, Professor of History Emeritus her...
09/26/2018
Commentary on Historical Images

One unique resource from the Memorial can be found on our website. Dr. Steven Greiert, Professor of History Emeritus here at Missouri Western State University, has provided commentary on each of historical images appearing in the Walter Cronkite Memorial TV Display.

These commentaries have been made available for download to be used for educational and informational purposes. They're interesting for anyone, but we provided them with US History teachers in mind.

Dr. Steven Greiert, Professor of History Emeritus at Missouri Western State University, has provided commentary on each of historical images appearing in the Walter Cronkite Memorial TV Display. These commentaries have been made available for download to be used for educational and informational pur...

Jack Ambraw
08/06/2018

Jack Ambraw

Going to #ChiefsCamp? I recommend also visiting the Walter Cronkite Memorial at Missouri Western State University in #StJoMo, the newscaster’s hometown. #TravelTips Visit St. Joseph, Missouri #CBSNews

07/20/2018
Remembering Walter Cronkite

49 years ago today, CBS News legend, Walter Cronkite, covered the epic story of Apollo 11's history making moment "Man on the Moon".

Glad you enjoyed your visit, Liz!
07/12/2018

Glad you enjoyed your visit, Liz!

Stopped at The Walter Cronkite Memorial on my way to SLC. As a Cronkite School grad (ASU)- I felt like a kid at Disneyland! What an awesome way to honor a news legend 👏🏾

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4525 Downs Dr
Saint Joseph, MO
64507

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Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 16:00
Thursday 09:00 - 16:00
Friday 09:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 13:00 - 16:00

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(816) 271-4199

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The Walter Cronkite Memorial, a tribute to the famed news anchor who was born in St. Joseph, is located in Spratt Hall Atrium at Missouri Western State University, 4525 Downs Drive. The Memorial includes several wall displays devoted to all aspects of his life, from his childhood and family to his time at the anchor desk and his passion for NASA’s Space Program. There are interactive kiosks dedicated to his news broadcasts and self-narrated stories about his life. In honor of Cronkite’s 1944 perilous flight into enemy-occupied Holland as a war correspondent, a replica of the WWII Waco Combat Glider he flew on is suspended from the ceiling. The memorial also contains a display of items from his life and career and a replica of Cronkite's 1970 newsroom where you can sit at his desk and take your picture. Admission to the Memorial is free. For large group tours or field trips, please make arrangements by calling (816) 271-4200. The Memorial is open from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The Memorial is closed on major holidays, on scheduled University breaks, and when the University is closed for inclement weather. Please see waltercronkitememorial.org for details.

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