Edward R. Murrow

Television Journalist
Born Apr 25, 1908

Edward R. Murrow was an American broadcast journalist. He first came to prominence with a series of radio news broadcasts during World War II, which were followed by millions of listeners in the United States and Canada. Fellow journalists Eric Sevareid, Ed Bliss, and Alexander Kendrick considered Murrow one of journalism's greatest figures, noting his honesty and integrity in delivering the news.… Read More

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1908 Birth Born on April 25, 1908.


1926 18 Years Old After graduation from high school in 1926, Murrow enrolled at Washington State College (now Washington State University) across the state in Pullman, and eventually majored in speech. … Read More


1929 - 1930 2 More Events
1932 24 Years Old Murrow was assistant director of the Institute of International Education from 1932 to 1935 and served as assistant secretary of the Emergency Committee in Aid of Displaced Foreign Scholars, which helped prominent German scholars who had been dismissed from academic positions.
1935 27 Years Old 1 More Event
He married Janet Huntington Brewster on March 12, 1935. … Read More
1937 29 Years Old 1 More Event
Murrow went to London in 1937 to serve as the director of CBS's European operations. … Read More


1938 30 Years Old 1 More Event
Murrow gained his first glimpse of fame during the March 1938 Anschluss, in which Adolf Hitler engineered the annexation of Austria by Nazi Germany. … Read More
1940 32 Years Old 1 More Event
During the following year, leading up to the outbreak of World War II, Murrow continued to be based in London. William Shirer's reporting from Berlin brought him national acclaim, and a commentator's position with CBS News upon his return to the United States in December 1940. (Shirer would describe his Berlin experiences in his best-selling 1941 book Berlin Diary.) When the war broke out in September 1939, Murrow stayed in London, and later provided live radio broadcasts during the height of the Blitz in London After Dark. … Read More
1941 33 Years Old When Murrow returned to the U.S. in 1941, CBS hosted a dinner in his honor on December 2 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. 1,100 guests attended the dinner, which the network broadcast. … Read More
1943 35 Years Old Murrow so closely cooperated with the British that in 1943 Winston Churchill offered to make him joint director-general of the BBC, in charge of programming. … Read More
1944 36 Years Old Murrow held a grudge dating back to 1944, when Cronkite turned down his offer to head the CBS Moscow bureau. … Read More
1945 37 Years Old 1 More Event
On April 12, 1945, Murrow and Bill Shadel were the first reporters at the Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany. … Read More
1947 39 Years Old 1 More Event
During Murrow's tenure as vice president, his relationship with Shirer ended in 1947 in one of the great confrontations of American broadcast journalism, when Shirer was fired by CBS. … Read More


In 1950, he narrated a half-hour radio documentary called "The Case of the Flying Saucer." … Read More
1952 - 1953 2 More Events
1954 46 Years Old On March 9, 1954, Murrow, Friendly, and their news team produced a half-hour See It Now special titled "A Report on Senator Joseph McCarthy". … Read More
1956 48 Years Old In 1956, Murrow took time to appear as the on-screen narrator of a special prologue for Michael Todd's epic production, Around the World in 80 Days. … Read More


Beginning in 1958, Murrow hosted a talk show entitled Small World that brought together political figures for one-to-one debates. … Read More
1959 - 1961 2 More Events
1964 56 Years Old Asked to stay on by President Lyndon B. Johnson, Murrow did so but resigned in early 1964, citing illness. … Read More
1965 57 Years Old Murrow died at his home on April 27, 1965, two days after his 57th birthday. … Read More
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