Biographies of Astronaut and Cosmonaut Candidates


Walter Leland


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Personal data

Birthdate:  04.11.1916
Birthplace:  St. Joseph, Missouri
Marital status:  married
Children:  three
Selection date:  14.05.1986
Position:  PSP
Status:  Ret. ??.??.1986
Day of death:  17.07.2009
Place of death:  New York City

Additional information

He began his career in journalism as a campus correspondent at The Houston Post during high school and his freshman year at college; newswriter and editor, Scripps-Howard, also for United Press, Houston, Texas; Kansas City, Missouri; Dallas, Austin, and El Paso, Texas; and New York City; United Press war correspondent, 1942-45, foreign correspondent, reopening bureaus in Amsterdam, Brussels; chief correspondent, Nuremberg war crimes trials, bureau manager, Moscow, 1946-48, manager and contributor, 1948-49, CBS News correspondent, 1950-81, special correspondent, since 1981; managing editor, CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite, 1962-81; one of fourty semi finalists in the "Journalist in Space Program" (cancelled following the Challenger tragedy); candidate from New York for CBS News.


Last update on April 30, 2018.