Special Report

Most Beloved TV Broadcasters

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David Brinkley
> Years active: 1943 – 1997
> Primary network: NBC, ABC

David Brinkley is one half of NBC’s storied “The Huntley-Brinkley Report” that became a TV news institution in the 1960s. The program distinguished itself with its political coverage, particularly during political conventions. Brinkley took his droll newscasting style to ABC, where he hosted “This Week with David Brinkley.”

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Tom Brokaw
> Years active: 1960 – present
> Primary network: NBC

Tom Brokaw brought a plain-speaking American heartland style to broadcasting that earned him 11 Emmy Awards and two Peabody Awards for broadcast journalism. He hosted the “Today” show from 1976 to 1982, and anchored “NBC Nightly News” from 1982 to 2004.

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Connie Chung
> Years active: 1972 – present
> Primary network: NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN

Connie Chung became the first woman to co-anchor the “CBS Evening News” in 1993. She won Emmy and Peabody awards over a 47-year career. During that time, Chung worked at NBC, CBS, ABC, and CNN. She also substitute anchored the morning newscasts for three legacy networks — the “Today” show on NBC, the “CBS This Morning,” and “Good Morning America” on ABC.

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Katie Couric
> Years active: 1979 – present
> Primary network: NBC, CBS, ABC

Katie Couric began her career in journalism at ABC before becoming a reporter at NBC, where she found success as a co-anchor on “Today.” She was inducted into The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame in 2004. Two years later, Couric became the first solo female anchor of “CBS Evening News,” and in 2012 she returned to ABC to host her own talk show, “Katie.”

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Walter Cronkite
> Years active: 1935 – 2009
> Primary network: CBS

Walter Cronkite reported on many of the nation’s most important moments during his 74 years as a newsman, including the Kennedy assassination and the Apollo 11 space mission. Cronkite — who was tremendously popular with viewers — was referred to as both the “father of television news,” and the “most trusted man in America.” He is also remembered for his iconic signoff, “And that’s the way it is.”