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News correspondent , Producer , writer

Charles Bishop Kuralt was an American writer, producer, and former television news correspondent.

Background

Charles Kuralt was born on September 10, 1934 in Wilmington, North Carolina, United States, into the family of Wallace Hamilton and Ina (Bishop) Kuralt.

Education

After graduation from Central High School in 1951, he attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he received Bachelor of Arts in 1955.

Career

At the age of fourteen Charles announced minor-league baseball games and edited the student newspaper while in college. He worked as student editor for the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill newspaper "The Daily Tar Heel." In 1955 he joined the staff of the Charlotte News as a reporter. Then in 1957 he went to work for the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) in New York as a writer; and by 1959 he was the host of Eyewitness to History.

For the next eight years Kuralt covered hard news stories in Latin America and Vietnam. His career changed in 1967 when he began covering human interest stories. Traveling more than 50,000 miles each year in a motorhome from 1967 to 1980, Kuralt and his camera crew set off in search of the real America. In 1967, during the Vietnam War when much of the news very negative, he began a series called "On the Road," which interviewed mostly ordinary people, telling stories of American life. Kuralt convinced CBS into sponsoring his “On the Road” segment.

Achievements

  • Charled was most widely known for his long career with CBS, first for his "On the Road" segments on The CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite, and later as the first anchor of CBS News Sunday Morning, a position he held for fifteen years.

Personality

Physical Characteristics : There probably wasn't a more patriotic or loving man in television or the country than Charles.

Connections

On June 1, 1962 Charles married Suzanna Folsom Baird, who became his second wife. He had children by previous marriage with Sory Guthery: Lisa Bowers White and Susan Guthery Bowers.

father:
Wallace Hamilton Kuralt - Social worker

mother:
Ina (Bishop) Kuralt - teacher

Brother:
Wallace Hamilton Kuralt Jr.

spouse 2nd:
Suzanne “Petie” Baird Kuralt

daughter:
Lisa Bowers White

daughter:
Susan Guthery Bowers

spouse 1st:
Sory Guthery

colleague:
Walter Cronkite

affair:
Patricia Shannon