Mostly Credited As: Douglas Edwards
Date Of Birth: July 14, 1917 (Age 73)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Ada, Oklahoma
Date Of Death: October 13, 1990
Cause Of Death: Cancer (Sarasota, Florida)
Douglas Edwards was America's first network news television anchor, anchoring the CBS Evening News broadcast from 1948-1962. Edwards joined CBS Radio in 1942, eventually becoming anchor for the regular evening newscast The World Today as well as World News Today on Sunday afternoons. In the mid 1950s, Edwards' broadcast was watched by nearly 30 million viewers. For a time, he would be eclipsed by John Cameron Swayze of NBC News, but would eventually regain his ratings lead. Among the events he covered were the Miss America Pageant (five times), the attempted assassination of Harry S. Truman in 1950, and the coronation of Elizabeth II in 1952. His ratings weakened severly in the late 50's and was replaced with Walter Cronkite. Edwards subsequently moved to CBS Radio, where he delivered the network's flagship evening newscasts for many years. During the 1980's he anchored daytime newsbreaks on CBS TV. Edwards died of cancer in 1990.