Broadcasting Legend Cronkite Started as College Journalist

Pop quiz: What do John F. Kennedy, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Lady Bird Johnson, Hugh Hefner, Nike founder Phil Knight, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Peace Corps founder Sargent Shriver, and Barack Obama have in common?

Answer: All once freelanced or worked full-time for a college media outlet.Like the legends named above, and many past and present professional journos, broadcasting titan Walter Cronkite also began his journalistic sojourn while in school, specifically as a reporter for The Daily Texan.

As The New York Times reports, in March 1935, an 18-year-old Cronkite interviewed Gertrude Stein for a profile published in advance of her arrival on campus for an event. According to the Times:

After recording her attire (‘a mannish blouse, a tweed skirt, a peculiar but attractive vest affair, and comfortable looking shoes’), Mr. Cronkite talked with her about the proper role of the writer and the impact of the Great Depression, then in its sixth year. Discussing her craft, Stein told Mr. Cronkite, ‘A writer isn’t anything but contemporary. The trouble is that the people are living Twentieth Century and thinking Nineteenth Century.’

The Daily Texan has posted the full piece online.

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