One of the nation’s most admired broadcast journalists, Walter Cronkite has been called America’s “security blanket” in recognition of the esteem and trust the public holds for him. Born in Missouri, Cronkite was reared in Houston, graduated from San Jacinto High School and attended the University of Texas at Austin. He reported on most of the national political conventions since 1952, the space program and the Vietnam War. Lyndon B. Johnson’s aide Bill Moyers has suggested that Cronkite’s somber report on a visit to Vietnam influenced LBJ in deciding against running for president in 1968.