Walter Cronkite, the CBS anchorman known by most of us as the person who covered all the moon landings, died Friday night in his New York home.
From the guardian.co.uk:
He wept as he announced President John F Kennedy's assassination in 1963, he shouted encouragement when the Apollo astronauts lifted off for the moon.
He not only reported on historical events as they were happening (and before they were historic) but he didn't just report dispassionately, he let the audience feel his enthusiasm, concern, sorrow, and joy. He was trusted to "tell it like it was" without fanfare or spin.