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 Douglas Edwards

Douglas Edwards

Birth
Ada, Pontotoc County, Oklahoma, USA
Death 13 Oct 1990 (aged 73)
Sarasota, Sarasota County, Florida, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend, Specifically: According to archivists at The Douglas Edwards Archives at St. Bonaventure University, Mr. Edwards' ashes were given to his wife
Memorial ID 15870456 · View Source
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Television Anchor/Journalist. He was the host of television's first national daily news program. A radio announcer from a young age, he began his long association with CBS in 1942 as an announcer and later a news reporter. He served under Edward R. Murrow during the final days of World War II and stayed on as a correspondent in Paris helping to prepare for CBS's coverage of the Nuremberg trials. Edwards returned to the U.S. in 1946 and was chosen to anchor the "CBS World News Roundup." He soon became the first major radio news reporter to take up television duties. The "CBS Television News" began as a Saturday night broadcast, expanding to two nights in 1947 and becoming "Douglas Edwards and the News" on a nightly basis in August 1948. During his years at CBS, he also served as host of "Armstrong Circle Theater," "Masquerade Party," "FYI" and the radio show, "Answer Please." He also appeared as himself on the radio soap opera "Wendy Warren and the News" in which he would chat with the lead character about the news. Edwards was nominated for Emmy Awards in 1956, 1958 and 1961 and won the George Foster Peabody Award for distinguished achievement in television journalism for his coverage of the Andrea Doria sinking. After being replaced by Walter Cronkite as news anchor in 1962, he stayed on at CBS for another 26 years, working for the network's television and radio divisions. Edwards was posthumously elected to the Radio Hall of Fame in 2006. He died of cancer at age 73.

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  • Added: 24 Sep 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 15870456
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Douglas Edwards (14 Jul 1917–13 Oct 1990), Find A Grave Memorial no. 15870456, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend, who reports a According to archivists at The Douglas Edwards Archives at St. Bonaventure University, Mr. Edwards' ashes were given to his wife.