Charles Bishop Kuralt, 1934 - 1997

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Born: 10 September 1934, Wilmington, North Carolina
Died: 4 July 1997, New York City

At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Kuralt was editor of The Daily Tar Heel. He left without graduating to work as a reporter for the Charlotte News. Hired as a writer by CBS, he soon became known as the host of Eyewitness to History. As a reporter for CBS he traveled broadly, including accompanying an attempt to reach the North Pole by snowmobile, serving as Chief Latin American Correspondent and then Chief West Coast Correspondent. Tired of the pressure of broadcast news, he convinced CBS to let him try "On the Road" for three months, its reception on Walter Cronkite's evening news was so good that he kept at it for a quarter century, over 600 reports, and over a million miles in six motor homes. He followed that by hosting CBS News Sunday Morning from 1979 to 1994. Kuralt one an Ernie Pyle award for his human interest column in the Charlotte News, and while at CBS won thirteen Emmys, two George Foster Peabody Awards for his own "On the Road" reports, and a Peabody for Sunday Morning. Two years after his death of complications from lupus it was revealed that he had a second family. In addition to his wife at Manhattan, Kuralt had also maintained a relationship with a San Francisco woman named Pat Baker for 29 years, a fact that only came to light when he left her a home and land in Montana.

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