American broadcast journalist and war correspondent Edward R. Murrow passed away on this day in 1965. Murrow garnered national fame as a CBS reporter during World War II, broadcasting live radio shows from the frontline of battle to Americans participating in the war effort back at home. A multiple-time recipient of the Peabody Award, Murrow undoubtedly has a place in the Mount Rushmore of American journalists. In 1964, Murrow was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his contributions as a radio and television reporter and commentator, with President Lyndon Johnson declaring Murrow “a pioneer in education through mass communication”.
“Our major obligation is not to mistake slogans for solutions.” —
Edward R. Murrow