|Other names||Uncle Walter|
|Occupation||Host of the 'ZNN Evening News'|
Open Character, created by Warringer
The most trusted man in Fenspace.
|“||I have covered the NASA space program for years and been at the source when Neil made the first step on the Moon. Such experiences don’t go by without leaving you becoming a believer in it. I wish I could at least one time go into space and see Earth from up there. I think I would make a good Fan.||”|
—Walter Leland Cronkite, Jr., March 5th, 2009
Awakened in November 9, 2009, Walter Cronkite is an AI version of the real Walter Cronkite who died only a few months earlier. He and Karen Corwin, who owned the laptop he awoke in, decided to keep him secret for the moment until they were able to get an android body for him.
In early 2010 he began writing as ‘Walter Wilcox’ on the ZNN news blog, providing Fenspace with very accurate reports of fen and dane situations and continues to do so even today.
In late 2012, he officially appeared in the ZNN live news stream ‘5 O’Clock Follies’ in a computer generated late 60s studio. Walter noted later that he deliberately chose that setup, since most people knew him from exactly that setup and to get people to listen to him. The ‘news studio’ was even a direct copy of the news studio of the CBS Evening News used by the real Cronkite.
After ZNN got an anonymous donation, he and Karen Corwin got an android body for him from Vulpine Fury only to find one that was already donated to him from another anonymous source.
The first public outing of Walter happened at Serenity Con, where he appeared to a life audience in a replica of his ‘online studio’ and subsequently made a live commentary of the Battle of Serenity Valley, and earning him the first Fenspace Pulitzer Award.
Walters first ZNN show, the ‘5 O’Clock Follies’ turned into the ‘ZNN Evening News’ as of the end of the Boskone War, which remains Walters main appearance in the news.
When he is not appearing on the ‘ZNN Evening News’, he works on news stories, blog articles, appears in public happenings or sails a small waved sail ship in cislunar space.
He is seen by most as Fenspace incarnation of the honest journalist and is what his original was for America, the most trusted man around.
- I am who I am He is well aware that he is an AI, but also that he is Walter Cronkite with (presumably) all of his memories. As such he will always refer to those memories as if he had them himself. That leads to some interesting moments when he talks about any of the historical moments the real Walter Cronkite covered.
- An honest Man He goes out of his way to be as honest as he can be, and as objective journalist, he tries to be without bias and find and share the unaided truth. That does not mean that he is incapable of lying through.
- One interesting piece of trivia is that Walter is the only one to win the ‘Anonymous Trololol Award’ for his April Fools edition of the ‘ZNN Evening News’ in a row for 2015 (the largest ever triple Rickroll in History), 2016 (ZNN Evening News Fox edition), 2017 (ZNN Evening News 1920 silent movie edition, complete with piano and cue cards), 2018 (ZNN Evening News Opera edition) and 2019 (ZNN Evening News like its every other day, a troll of a meta level)
- There are rumors that Cronkite is actually the real Cronkite reborn as AI, because the afterlife was too boring and Fenspace just had so many things to do for him. He neither confirms nor denies those rumors.