Walter Cronkite was the face of CBS News from 1962 to 1981 and became a journalistic icon during what was known as the golden age for television news.
Cronkite was born in St. Joseph, Missouri in 1916. He covered World War II in the 1930's for United Press in Kansas City.
Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder was the first Missouri official out with a statement:
"This evening, America has lost a trusted voice and lifelong friend in Walter Cronkite. As a native son of Missouri, Mr. Cronkite brought our nation the days events with eloquence and poise across multiple generations. Tonight, I think back on memories of some of America's most historic events. Those events found life through the words of Walter Cronkite. On behalf of all Missourians, I send my deepest sympathies to the Cronkite family."
Kinder's office notes that Cronkite was inducted in the Hall of Famous Missourians in 1999 and that a bronze bust honors his life in the rotunda of the Missouri state capitol.
CBS is planning a one-hour special on Sunday to remember Cronkite. It will air in place of 60 Minutes.