About the Author
Charles Kuralt is a traveling man in the fine old tradition of Mark Twain and Will Rogers and John Steinbeck. He has spent most of his life wandering along the rural byways and through the small towns of America. In a 37-year career at CBS News, he and his “On the Road” camera crew, traveling in a battered motor home, visited every corner of every state many times. Time magazine called Kuralt “the laureate of the common man.”For 15 years, until April, 1994, Charles Kuralt was also the host of the 90-minute “Sunday Morning” broadcast on CBS, which gained a large and loyal band of viewers with its comfortable mix of essays on Americana, the arts and nature.His work has won Kuralt such prestigious broadcasting honors as the George Foster Peabody Award (three times) and thirteen Emmy Awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. In 1983, Kuralt was named “Broadcaster of the Year” by the International Radio and Television Society.Americans also know Charles Kuralt as a successful author. He has published six books, and his memoir, A Life on the Road, was the number one non-fiction best-seller of 1990. He is still wandering the country, and still writing. He retired from CBS News in the spring of 1994 to travel for twelve months to a dozen favorite American places for a book of reflections on America, Charles Kuralt’s America.In his early career at CBS News, Kuralt reported from the far corners of the world: Africa, Asia (including stints covering the war in Vietnam) and all 23 Latin American nations. Once, he even spent eight weeks on the ice of the Arctic Ocean covering the attempt of a polar expedition to reach the North Pole.Charles Kuralt joined CBS News as a writer in 1957. He was elevated to the news assignment desk in 1958 and was named CBS News Correspondent in 1959 at the age of 24, the youngest CBS newsman ever to be so designated. In 1960, he became the first host of the CBS News prime time series, ‘Eyewitness.” A year later, he was named CBS News Latin American Correspondent, based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In 1963, he moved to Los Angeles as Chief West Coast Correspondent. In 1964, he returned to CBS News Headquarters in New York, and soon thereafter began his travels through America “On the Road.” He interrupted his journey in 1980 and 1981 to anchor “Morning with Charles Kuralt” weekday mornings.Kuralt’s journalism career began at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, where as a history major, he became editor of the student-owned newspaper, The Daily Tar Heel. After his graduation in 1955, he joined the Charlotte News in his home state as a reporter and columnist. In 1956, while working for the newspaper, he won the Ernie Pyle Award for “newspaper writing most nearly exemplifying the style and craftsmanship for which Ernie Pyle was known.”Charles Kuralt was born September 10, 1934, in Wilmington, N.C.