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Egbert Roscoe Murrow

Also Known As: "Edward Roscoe Murrow", "Edward R. Murrow"
Birthdate: (57)
Birthplace: Guilford, North Carolina, United States
Death: April 27, 1965 (57)
Pawling, Dutchess, New York, United States (Lung cancer)
Place of Burial: Cremated, Ashes scattered. Specifically: Ashes Scattered in the glen at Glen Arden Farm
Immediate Family:

Son of Roscoe Conklin Murrow and Ethel F. Lamb
Husband of Janet Huntington Murrow
Father of Charles Casey Murrow
Brother of Lacey Van Buren Murrow; Roscoe C. Murrow, Jr. and Dewey Roscoe Murrow

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About Edward R. Murrow



Edward Roscoe Murrow, KBE (born Egbert Roscoe Murrow April 25, 1908 – April 27, 1965) was an American broadcast journalist. He first came to prominence with a series of radio news broadcasts during World War II, which were followed by millions of listeners in the United States and Canada.

Fellow journalists Eric Sevareid, Ed Bliss and Alexander Kendrick considered Murrow one of journalism's greatest figures, noting his honesty and integrity in delivering the news.

A pioneer of television news broadcasting, Murrow produced a series of TV news reports that helped lead to the censure of Senator Joseph McCarthy.


Birth: Apr. 25, 1908 Guilford County North Carolina, USA Death: Apr. 27, 1965 Pawling Dutchess County New York, USA

Journalist, Radio Broadcaster. He is best remembered for his calm and mesmerizing radio reports of the German Blitz on London, England, in 1940 and 1941. His trademark phrase, "This is London," often punctuated with the sounds of bombs and air-raid sirens, became famous overnight. Born Egbert Roscoe Murrow on the family farm near Greensboro, North Carolina, the son of Roscoe and Ethyl Murrow, he was raised as a Quaker, with a prohibition on smoking, drinking, and gambling. The Murrows moved to Blanchard, Washington, when he was six, to seek a better life in the lumber industry. He attended three universities: Leland Stanford University, the University of Washington, and Washington State College, where he graduated in 1930 with a major in Speech. During his college years, he participated in ROTC, became President of the National Student Federation, established a student travel bureau, changed his first name to Edward, and persuaded CBS to air a program called "A University of the Air," which recruited such well-known persons as Albert Einstein and German President Paul von Hindenburg for radio interviews. In 1935, he joined CBS Radio as Director of Talks and Education, and two years later, transferred to the London office, initially to arrange cultural programs. At the end of the war, he returned to New York, where he was promoted to Vice President of News Programs for CBS, and in 1949, he was elected a Director of CBS. In 1950, he traveled to Korea to report on the Korean War, and presented weekly reports on a news show called "Hear It Now." In 1952, as television began to become more available to the public, he served as moderator and Korean War reporter for the CBS television show "See It Now." His "See It Now" program highlighting Senator Joseph McCarthy earned him a Peabody Award, and is viewed as the turning point in the "Red Scare" campaign of McCarthy. The "See It Now" show also won an Emmy in 1952 for its reporting. Murrow also created "Person to Person," "Small World", and "CBS Reports," all noted for their effective news reporting. Retiring from CBS in 1961, he headed the United States Information Agency until 1964, retiring due to progressive lung cancer caused by his chain smoking. He died on his farm in Pawling, New York at the age of 57. Using television as a medium to educate and inform the public, he established a high standard of professionalism in news reporting that is often emulated by broadcasters today. (bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson)

Family links:

 Roscoe Conklin Murrow (1878 - 1955)
 Ethel Murrow (1877 - 1961)

 Janet Huntington Brewster Murrow (1910 - 1998)*

 Lacey Van Buren Murrow (1904 - 1966)*
 Edward R Murrow (1908 - 1965)
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Burial: Cremated, Ashes scattered. Specifically: Ashes Scattered in the glen at Glen Arden Farm

Maintained by: Find A Grave Record added: Jan 01, 2001 Find A Grave Memorial# 2693 Edward R Murrow Added by: Ron Moody


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Edward R. Murrow's Timeline

April 25, 1908
Guilford, North Carolina, United States
November 6, 1945
Age 37
London, England
April 27, 1965
Age 57
Pawling, Dutchess, New York, United States
Cremated, Ashes scattered. Specifically: Ashes Scattered in the glen at Glen Arden Farm