Inspire A Friend—With Charles Kuralt

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People Who Kick Buts: Charles Kuralt

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Thanks to the Interstate Highway System, it is now possible to travel from coast to coast without seeing anything.

  • Born on September 10, 1934; Passed away on July 4, 1997
  • An American journalist. He was most widely known for his long career with CBS, first for his “On the Road” segments on The CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite, and later as the first anchor of CBS News Sunday Morning, a position he held for fifteen years.
  • Kuralt’s “On the Road” segments were recognized twice with personal Peabody Awards.
  • Kuralt was born in Wilmington, North Carolina. As a boy he won a children’s sports writing contest for a local newspaper by writing about a dog that got loose on the field during a baseball game. Charles’ father, Wallace Kuralt, moved his family to Charlotte in 1945, when he became welfare superintendent of Mecklenburg County. Their house off Sharon Road, then 10 miles south of the city, was the only structure in the area. During the years he lived in that house, Kuralt became one of the youngest radio announcers in the country.
  • In 1967, Kuralt and a CBS camera crew accompanied Ralph Plaisted in his attempt to reach the North Pole by snowmobile, which resulted in the documentary To the Top of the World and his book of the same name.
  • At age 60, Kuralt surprised many by retiring from CBS News. At the time, he was the longest tenured on-air personality in the News division. Yet he hinted that his retirement might not be complete — in 1995 he narrated the TLC documentary The Revolutionary War and in early 1997 he signed on to host a syndicated, three-times-a-week, ninety-second broadcast, “An American Moment,” presenting what CNN called “slices of Americana.” At that time, Kuralt also agreed to host a CBS cable broadcast show, I Remember, designed as a weekly, hourlong review of significant news from the three previous decades.

    He was hospitalized in 1997 and died of complications from lupus, aged 62, that year.

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