Ronan Farrow, best known as the estranged son of Woody Allen, debuted his new show Ronan Farrow Daily on MSNBC Monday by praising news heroes he “watched growing up,” including Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite.
Walter Cronkite left the CBS Evening News in 1981. Edward R. Morrow hosted See It Now from 1951 to 1958 and Person to Person from 1953 to 1959. He died in 1965.
Since Farrow was not born until 1987, he must be thinking of others he might have seen growing up.
However, he would have missed John Cameron Swayze, who died in 1995 but was long off the air; also Lawrence Spivak, who made his last Meet the Press appearance in 1983; Harry Reasoner who died in 1991; Frank Reynolds who passed in ’83; and John Chancellor, who was pretty much gone from TV news by ’93. Roger Mudd was around but mostly on the History Channel.
Besides Murrow and Cronkite, Farrow said he also grew up watching Stephen Colbert, and that sounds about right.