Farewell

Broadcast's Brightest Mourn Cronkite

The biggest names in broadcast journalism filed in to St. Bartholomew's Church in midtown Manhattan on Thursday to pay final respects to legendary newsman Walter Cronkite, at his funeral. According to the Associated Press, Connie Chung, Diane Sawyer, Brian Williams, Dan Rather, Barbara Walters, Matt Lauer, Tom Brokaw, and Morley Safer were all in attendance; Yoko Ono sent flowers. 60 Minutes commentator Andy Rooney spoke, choking up during a story about the newsmen's youth as reporters, explaining, "I just feel so terrible about Walter's death that I can hardly say anything. He's been such a good friend over the years." Cronkite producer Sanford Socolow and son Chip Cronkite also spoke. Chip highlighted on his father's humility, recalling how he described himself as "just a reporter" who "just ended up reporting bigger and bigger stories." A public memorial will be held in coming weeks at Lincoln Center.